Thursday, March 24, 2022

How Seattle Kraken Can Turn into a Contender by Draft

 The Seattle Kraken had a very productive trade deadline and stockpiled 25 picks for the next two drafts. If they draft correctly with those picks, they could use those picks to become a contender in no time. This is how I would draft for the Seattle Kraken in the next two drafts.





At the 2022 draft, Seattle Kraken trade picks 64 to the Nashville Predators for picks 83, 84.

The Kraken also trade picks 119, 123 to the Dallas Stars for picks 112, 144.


2022 Draft

3-Juraj Slafkovsky

34-Filip Bystedt

52-Alexander Suzdalev

58-Ryan Greene

66-Tomas Hamara

83-Jack Devine

84-Simon Forsmark

112-Topi Ronni

130-Joshua Niedermayer

144-Tim Almgren

162-Niklas Kokko

The Kraken are able to restock their farm system with some high-end talent, who could contribute a few years down the road.


Seattle Kraken Re-sign the Following players to 2 yr deals:

Ryan Donato

Morgan Geekie

Hadyn Fleury

Cale Fleury

Alex True


Seattle Kraken Re-sign the Following players to 1 yr deals:

Dennis Cholowski

Kole Lind

Karson Kuhlman

Daniel Sprong

Riley Sheahan

Carsen Twarynski


In Free Agency, Seattle Signs:

John Klingberg-7yrs/7.5M per

Andrew Copp-4yrs/3.85M per


At the 2023 Trade Deadline, two trades are made


Seattle Kraken trade Joonas Donskoi to the Boston Bruins for Trent Frederic, Oskar Steen, and a 2023 3rd round pick.

The Kraken get two solid young players and a draft pick in exchange for a pending UFA, not a bad haul.


Carson Soucy, Karson Kuhlman are traded to the Buffalo Sabres for Matej Pekar, Jacob Bryson, and a 2024 6th round pick.

Seattle get two solid young prospects in Jacob Bryson and Matej Pekar, as well as a draft pick for Carson Soucy and Karson Kuhlman.


The Seattle Kraken finish the 2022-23 season, with 4th worst record in the league, however, they luck into landing the number 1 pick.


Before the 2023 draft, two trades are made


Seattle Kraken trade Chris Driedger, Ryan Donato to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2024 5th round pick, 3rd round pick in 2025 or 2026.

Seattle trade away Chris Driedger and Ryan Donato so Daccord can take the reigns as backup and to free up some cap room.

Alexander Wennberg is traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2024 3rd round pick.

The Kraken create more cap room by moving Wennberg to the Flyers


At the 2023 draft, Seattle Kraken trades picks 36, 47, 80 to the Pittsburgh Penguins for pick 22


2023 Draft


1-Connor Bedard

22-Alex Ciernik

58-Ondrej Molnar

68-William Whitelaw

83-Max Strbak

100-Frantisek Ridzon


Seattle Kraken draft a couple prolific offensive players, which will make them a pain to play against in the future.


Seattle Kraken re-sign the Following players:


Vince Dunn-6yrs/4.75M per

Joey Daccord-3yrs/1.5M per


Seattle signs the following players in free agency:


Connor Brown-3yrs/3.5M per

Jesper Fast-3yrs/3M per

Teddy Blueger-3yrs/2.8M per


By the 2023-24 season, the Seattle Kraken have assembled a team that looks like it could contend


2023-24 Seattle Kraken





J.Schwartz-C.Bedard-J.Eberle

J.Slafkovsky-M.Beniers-J.Fast

A.Copp-Y.Gourde-C.Brown

T.Frederic-T.Blueger-M.Geekie


J.Oleksiak-J.Klingberg

V.Dunn-A.Larsson

H.Fleury-C.Fleury


P.Grubauer

J.Daccord


Top Prospects: 

F: A.Ciernik, F.Bystedt, A.Suzdalev, R.Greene, J.Devine, T.Roni, T.Almgren, W.Whitelaw, O.Steen

D: T.Hamara, S.Forsmark, J.Niedermayer, M.Strbak

G: N.Kokko


With this lineup and the prosepcts that Seattle has in the pipeline, the Kraken would be able to be contenders for a long time.


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