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NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen provided a closer look and analysis for each player selected.

The players were announced alphabetically by team by division, starting with the Atlantic Division, followed by the Metropolitan, Central and Pacific. They are presented here in reverse order.

Kole Lind, F, Vancouver Canucks

The 22-year-old played his first seven NHL games this season and did not score a point but scored eight points (five goals, three assists) in eight games for Utica of the American Hockey League. A second-round pick (No. 33) by Vancouver in the 2017 NHL Draft, Lind can become a restricted free agent July 28.

Rosen’s analysis: Lind is in the mold of Alexander True, the forward Seattle selected from the San Jose Sharks. He’s young and produced at every level he’d been at prior to getting his shot in the NHL last season. He’s a goal-scorer who can play center or right wing. If Lind develops, the Kraken benefit. He could also be an enticing addition to a trade. He’s an upside-only pick.

Alexander True, F, San Jose Sharks

The 24-year-old, who can become a restricted free agent July 28, had one assist in seven games this season. He has five assists in 19 NHL games, all with San Jose. He signed with the Sharks as a free agent July 18, 2018.

Rosen’s analysis: True played for Seattle in the Western Hockey League from 2014-17, so he should know the area. The center has produced in the American Hockey League for San Jose but hasn’t been given enough time to make a difference in the NHL. If he gets it and succeeds, True could go down as one of Seattle’s best finds.

Kurtis MacDermid, D, Los Angeles Kings

The 27-year-old scored four points (two goals, two assists) in 28 games this season, spending time on the taxi squad. Signed by Los Angeles as a free agent on Sept 12, 2012, MacDermid has scored 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 118 NHL games. He has one season remaining on a two-year contract he signed with the Kings on April 10, 2020.

Rosen’s analysis: MacDermid could be the Kraken’s seventh or eighth defenseman or their first call-up from Charlotte of the American Hockey League if they’re looking for veteran help. He’s also potential trade bait if another team needs size (6-foot-5, 233 pounds) on the back end.

Adam Larsson, D, Edmonton Oilers

Larsson, who could have become an unrestrcited free agent on July 28 before signing with Seattle, scored 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 56 games this season, ranking second in the NHL in blocked shots (128) behind Alec Martinez of the Vegas Golden Knights (168) and 10th in hits (166). The 28-year-old had two assists in four Stanley Cup Playoff games. Selected by the New Jersey Devils with the No. 4 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, Larsson has scored 137 points (25 goals, 112 assists) in 603-regular season games with the Oilers and Devils, and nine points (three goals, six assists) in 24 playoff games. 

Rosen’s analysis: How about a top defense pair featuring Larsson, a right-handed shot, and Vince Dunn, a left-handed shot the Kraken selected from the St. Louis Blues? That could be what Seattle is thinking. Larsson has developed into a strong, reliable defender. Dunn has offensive instincts and wants to be on the go all the time. The pair could work if chemistry develops.

Mark Giordano, D, Calgary Flames

The 37-year-old scored 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 56 games this season. Giordano, who has been the Flames captain the past eight seasons, has scored 509 points (143 goals, 366 assists) in 949 regular-season games since signing with Calgary as a free agent July 6, 2004. He has played all 15 of his NHL seasons with the Flames. Giordano has one season remaining on a six-year contract he signed Aug. 25, 2015. He has scored seven points (one goal, six assists) in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Rosen’s analysis: Giordano may not be the player he was when he won the Norris Trophy in 2019, but he has miles left and his leadership qualities will go a long way for a team that could go through its share of ups and downs. This is a smart pick by the Kraken both for Giordano’s on-ice ability and for what he can do in the dressing room. If they want a captain in their first season, he’s the guy.

Video: Mark Giordano joins Seattle Kraken

Haydn Fleury, D, Anaheim Ducks

Fleury, whose brother Cale was the Kraken’s pick from the Montreal Canadiens, scored four points (three goals, one assist) in 47 games with the Ducks and Carolina Hurricanes this season, including three points (two goals, one assist) in 12 games after he was acquired by Anaheim in a trade April 12. The 25-year-old has scored 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) in 179 regular-season games with the Ducks and Hurricanes and two goals in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Selected by Carolina at No. 7 in the 2014 NHL Draft, he has one season remaining on a two-year contract he signed Oct. 27, 2020.

Rosen’s analysis: Fleury was Seattle GM Ron Francis’ first pick as a general manager when Francis was with Carolina. He never developed into an NHL regular with the Hurricanes, which is a big reason they traded him to the Ducks. But Fleury is still young for a defenseman and has size (6-foot-3, 208 pounds). He can become a restricted free agent after next season, so Seattle should be getting a motivated defenseman.

Mason Appleton, F, Winnipeg Jets

The 25-year-old set NHL career highs in goals (12), assists (13), points (25) and games played (56) this season, and scored three points (one goal, two assists) in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games. Selected by Winnipeg in the sixth round (No. 168) of the 2015 NHL Draft, Appleton has scored 43 points (20 goals, 23 assists) in 138 regular-season games and three points in nine playoff games. Appleton has one season remaining on a two-year contract he agreed to Oct. 9, 2020.

Rosen’s analysis: The Kraken clearly want forwards who are smart, physical, fearless, hard to play against, versatile and have offensive upside. Enter Appleton. He’s likely not fit for a regular run on the first line and probably not the second line either if the Kraken are a playoff contender. But he can play different roles and provide the type of depth playoff teams need.

Vince Dunn, D, St. Louis Blues

The 24-year-old, who can become a restricted free agent July 28, scored 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in 43 games this season. He did not play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs because of an upper-body injury. Selected by the Blues in the second round (No. 56) of the 2015 NHL Draft, Dunn has scored 102 points (32 goals, 70 assists) in 267 regular-season games and 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 29 playoff games. He won the Stanley Cup with the Blues in 2019.

Rosen’s analysis: Dunn is an intriguing pick. He has top-pair potential and could also be a big piece of a trade if they want to go after a No. 1 center. But it makes sense for the Kraken to eye him as a big part of their core because of his mobility, offensive instincts and experience as a Stanley Cup winner.

Calle Jarnkrok, F, Nashville Predators

Jarnkrok scored 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists) in 49 regular-season games this season and had one assist in five Stanley Cup Playoff games. Selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round (No. 51) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Jarnkrok has scored 211 points (94 goals, 117 assists) in 508 regular-season games and 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 63 postseason games, all with the Predators. The 29-year-old has one season remaining on a six-year contract he signed with Nashville on July 27, 2016.

Rosen’s analysis: The Kraken went conservative with Jarnkrok instead of going with a higher-end forward like Ryan Johansen or Matt Duchene, who is each signed for at least four more seasons. Jarnkrok is a safe, stable, two-way, middle-six forward. As with some of Seattle’s other forwards, his versatility is a plus. This is a good value pick.

Carson Soucy, D, Minnesota Wild

The 26-year-old set NHL career highs in assists (16) and points (17) in 50 regular-season games this season but did not have a point in four Stanley Cup Playoff games. He has two seasons remaining on a three-year contract he signed with Minnesota on Oct. 5, 2020. Selected by the Wild in the fifth round (No. 137) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Soucy has scored 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in 108 regular-season games and no points in 12 playoff games.

Rosen’s analysis: The Kraken could have gone with goalie Kaapo Kahkonen but chose Vitek Vanecek from the Washington Capitals, which opened the door to select Soucy. He figures into their top-six defensemen. This is a big opportunity for Soucy, who was playing behind Ryan Suter, Jared Spurgeon, Matt Dumba and Jonas Brodin in Minnesota. He has top-four potential and gets shots on goal from the point.

Jamie Oleksiak, D, Dallas Stars

Oleksiak, who could have become an unrestrcited free agent on July 28 before signing with Seattle, had 148 hits and 88 blocked shots this season and scored 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 56 games. The 28-year-old, who was selected by Dallas in the first round (No. 14) of the 2011 NHL Draft, has scored 72 points (24 goals, 48 assists) in 369 regular-season games with the Stars and Penguins, and 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 43 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Rosen’s analysis: Oleksiak is a big (6-foot-7, 255 pounds), strong, sturdy presence on the back end. He was an important player for the Stars, paired with Miro Heiskanen, and should be a top-four defenseman for the Kraken.

 

Joonas Donskoi, F, Colorado Avalanche

Donskoi scored an NHL career-high 17 goals and 31 points in 51 regular-season games this season, and five points (three goals, two assists) in 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Selected by the Florida Panthers in the fourth round (No. 99) of the 2010 NHL Draft, the 29-year-old has scored 186 points (78 goals, 108 assists) in 399 regular-season games with the Avalanche and San Jose Sharks, and 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) in 69 playoff games. Donskoi has two seasons remaining on a four-year contract he agreed to with the Avalanche on July 1, 2019.

Rosen’s analysis: Donskoi fits with the versatile, in-your-face group of forwards the Kraken appear to be building through the expansion draft. The initial depth chart will have him as a first- or second-line right wing. He’s suited for a middle-six role, potentially on the third line, which is where he might end up depending on what the Kraken do in free agency or with trades.

 

John Quenneville, F, Chicago Blackhawks

The 25-year-old was on the taxi squad and did not play in the NHL this season. He scored two points (one goal, one assist) in 16 games with Rockford of the American Hockey League. Selected by the New Jersey Devils in the first round (No. 30) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Quenneville has scored five points (two goals, three assists) in 42 NHL games with the Devils and Blackhawks. He can become an unrestricted free agent July 28.

Rosen’s analysis: Maybe Quenneville finally finds a home with his third NHL team. He hasn’t delivered on his potential as a first-round pick and has to prove he can be an NHL player rather than an AHL regular.

Video: Payton and Kemp unveil Quenneville and Donskoi picks

 

Tyler Pitlick, F, Arizona Coyotes

The 29-year-old scored 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 38 games this season. Selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round (No. 31) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Pitlick has scored 84 points (47 goals, 37 assists) in 286 regular-season games for the Oilers, Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers and Coyotes, and three points (two goals, one assist) in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He has one season remaining on a two-year contract he signed with Arizona on Oct. 9, 2020.

Rosen’s analysis: Pitlick did not last long with the Kraken, getting traded to the Calgary Flames on July 22 for a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. 

Vitek Vanecek, G, Washington Capitals

The 25-year-old was 21-10-4 with a 2.69 goals-against average, .908 save percentage and five shutouts in 37 games (36 starts) this season, his first the NHL, and led rookies in wins. He played in one Stanley Cup Playoff game before he was injured and missed the remainder of the postseason. Selected by Washington in the second round (No. 39) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Vanecek has one season remaining on a three-year contract he signed with Washington on July 1, 2019.

Rosen analysis: Vanecek should join Chris Driedger as the Kraken’s top two goalies for next season. Seattle certainly could do worse, especially when you figure Vanecek is on his entry-level contract for one more season.

 

Brandon Tanev, F, Pittsburgh Penguins

The physical forward was limited to 32 games this season because of injury, scoring 16 points (seven goals, nine assists), but led the Penguins in hits (139). Signed by the Winnipeg Jets as a free agent March 20, 2016, Tanev has scored 92 points (42 goals, 50 assists) in 295 regular-season games with the Penguins and Jets, and 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 32 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He also ranks fourth in the NHL in hits (849) since the 2017-18 season. The 29-year-old has four seasons remaining on a six-year contract he agreed to with Pittsburgh on July 1, 2019.

Rosen analysis: Aggressiveness, energy and sandpaper define Tanev’s game. He’s an all-out type of forward. He could be an ideal fit on a line with Yanni Gourde, Seattle’s choice from the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Kraken could be trying to recreate what the Lightning had with their third line of Gourde, Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow.

 

Carsen Twarynski, F, Philadelphia Flyers

The 23-year-old, who can become a restricted free agent July 28, did not score a point in seven NHL games this season, spending time on the taxi squad. He did not score a point in two games with Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League. Selected by Philadelphia in the third round (No. 82) of the 2016 NHL Draft, Twarynski has scored one goal in 22 NHL games.

Rosen analysis: Kraken coach Dave Hakstol should have some familiarity with Twarynski. Hakstol was the Flyers coach when Twarynski was playing with Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate. Twarynski was selected instead of veteran forwards Jakub Voracek and James van Riemsdyk, and this pick gives the Kraken more flexibility with the NHL salary cap.

 

Colin Blackwell, F, New York Rangers

The 28-year-old had NHL career highs in goals (12), assists (10), points (22) and games played (47) this season. Selected by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round (No. 194) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Blackwell has scored 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) in 80 NHL games with the Predators and Rangers. He has one season remaining on a two-year contract he signed with New York on Oct. 9, 2020.

Rosen analysis: Blackwell is a solid pick. He’s more of a bottom-six forward but can jump up and play in a top-six role for a stretch of games if necessary. He played well with the Rangers last season, is energetic and strong on the forecheck.

 

Jordan Eberle, F, New York Islanders

Eberle scored 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists) in 55 regular-season games with the Islanders this season and 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games. The 31-year-old has scored at least 20 goals six times in his 11 NHL seasons. Selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round (No. 22) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Eberle has scored 551 points (241 goals, 310 assists) in 779 regular-season games and 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) in 62 playoff games with the Islanders and Oilers. He has three seasons remaining on a five-year contract he signed with New York on June 14, 2019.

Rosen analysis: Here’s Seattle’s first- or second-line right wing depending on the chemistry he develops with a center, which at this point could be Yanni Gourde or Jared McCann. The Kraken should be looking for 20-plus goals and 50-plus points from Eberle. His value is based on his production. He has to deliver.

Video: Driedger, Eberle show off Kraken jerseys

 

Nathan Bastian, F, New Jersey Devils

The 23-year-old played 41 games for New Jersey this season, scoring 10 points (three goals, seven assists). Bastian has scored 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 48 NHL games since being selected by the Devils in the second round (No. 41) of the 2016 NHL Draft. He signed a two-year contract June 15.

Rosen analysis: Bastian could fit into a bottom-six role for the Kraken. He is a physical forward who led the Devils with 136 hits last season and can play center or wing. Bastian has some offensive upside but is more of a grinding, bruising third- or fourth-line forward who can contribute on the penalty kill. A quality depth selection.

 

Gavin Bayreuther, D, Columbus Blue Jackets

The 27-year-old, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 28, scored one goal in nine NHL games this season and 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 14 games with Cleveland of the American Hockey League. Signed as a free agent by the Dallas Stars on March 15, 2017, Bayreuther has scored six points (three goals, three assists) in 28 NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Stars.

Rosen analysis: Bayreuther gives the Kraken more organizational depth. He’ll be a bottom-pair or No. 7 defenseman if he makes Seattle’s opening night lineup.

 

Morgan Geekie, F, Carolina Hurricanes

The 23-year-old scored nine points (three goals, six assists) in 36 regular-season games this season and did not score a point in three Stanley Cup Playoff games. He signed a one-year, two-way contract July 16. Selected by Carolina in the third round (No. 67) of the 2017 NHL Draft, Geekie has scored 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 38 regular-season games and one assist in 11 playoff games.

Rosen analysis: Geekie was drafted by the Hurricanes when Kraken general manager Ron Francis was Carolina’s GM. He knows the player well and has seen him grow into a forward who is almost an NHL regular. Surely Francis got some intel from former Carolina colleagues about Geekie’s development. He’ll be a top-nine forward for Seattle.

Video: Chanel Keenan, Washington Wild announce Geekie pick

 

Jared McCann, F, Toronto Maple Leafs

McCann, who was traded to the Maple Leafs by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday for forward prospect Filip Hallander and a seventh-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, scored 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 43 games this season and had one assist in six Stanley Cup Playoff games. Selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round (No. 24) of the 2014 NHL Draft, McCann has scored 155 points (66 goals, 89 assists) in 353 regular-season games with the Penguins, Florida Panthers and Canucks, and has three assists in 12 postseason games. The 25-year-old has one season remaining on a two-year contract he signed with Pittsburgh on Sept. 18, 2020.

Rosen analysis: McCann might be the perfect linemate for forward Yanni Gourde, who was selected by the Kraken from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Or he might be perfect as the center on another line. The Maple Leafs knew when they acquired McCann that they might lose him to Seattle. Versatile centers are a commodity, and the Kraken already have two with Gourde and McCann.

 

Yanni Gourde, F, Tampa Bay Lightning

The 29-year-old helped the Lightning win the Stanley Cup for the second straight season, scoring seven points (six goals, one assist) in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Gourde, who scored 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in 56 regular-season games, has four seasons remaining on a six-year contract he signed with Tampa Bay on Nov. 2, 2018. Signed by the Lightning as a free agent March 10, 2014, Gourde has scored 187 points (80 goals, 107 assists) in 310 regular-season games and 29 points (16 goals, 13 assists) in 69 playoff games. 

Rosen analysis: If there were an order to the expansion draft the way there is to the NHL Draft, Gourde could have been the No. 1 pick. Kraken coach Dave Hakstol will be able to build a lot of his game plan around Gourde’s versatility. He can play center or wing. He will play on the power play and on the penalty kill. He can play with high-level forwards or grinders. Gourde’s game doesn’t change. He’s consistent and a winner. Seattle selected Gourde knowing he had to have shoulder surgery and might not be able to return until November at the earliest. It didn’t impact what the Kraken think of Gourde.

 

Joey Daccord, G, Ottawa Senators

Daccord was 1-3-1 with a 3.27 goals-against average and .897 save percentage in eight games (six starts) this season. Selected by Ottawa in the seventh round (No. 199) of the 2015 NHL Draft, the 24-year-old is 1-4-1 with a 3.50 GAA and .894 save percentage in nine NHL games (seven starts). Daccord has two seasons remaining on a three-year contract he signed with the Senators on Oct. 17, 2020.

Rosen analysis: Goalie depth matters, and the Kraken get it with Daccord, who has had success in the American Hockey League. If Daccord is the Kraken’s No. 3 goalie, at least he has NHL experience, albeit limited. Safe pick.

 

Cale Fleury, D, Montreal Canadiens

The 22-year-old, who could have become an unrestrcited free agent on July 28 before signing with Seattle, spent time on the taxi squad but did not play in the NHL this season, when he had six assists in 22 games with Laval of the American Hockey League. Selected by Montreal in the third round (No. 87) of the 2017 NHL Draft, Fleury has scored one goal in 41 NHL games.

Rosen analysis: Fleury gives the Kraken young depth. He is a pick for their future or for a trade. He’s not the splashy pick from the Canadiens some were hoping for and/or expecting the Kraken to make. That was goalie Carey Price, but Seattle went conservative and decided getting a defenseman in Montreal’s system was the way to go. It’s hard to fault them.

 

Chris Driedger, G, Florida Panthers

Driedger, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 28, was 14-6-3 with a 2.07 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and three shutouts in 23 regular-season games (all starts) this season. Selected by the Ottawa Senators in the third round (No. 76) of the 2012 NHL Draft, the 27-year-old is 21-9-4 with a 2.09 GAA, .929 save percentage and four shutouts in 38 games (34 starts) with the Panthers and Senators, and 0-1 with a 3.70 GAA and .871 save percentage in three Stanley Cup Playoff games (all this season).

Rosen analysis: Driedger will get his chance to be a No. 1 goalie. He showed his potential with the Panthers this season when he outplayed Sergei Bobrovsky. But it’s too soon to say the Kraken hit a home run with Driedger. He’s never played in more than 23 games in any of his five NHL seasons. Next season will be big for him.

 

Dennis Cholowski, D, Detroit Red Wings

The 23-year-old, who can become a restricted free agent July 28, scored three points (one goal, two assists) in 16 games this season. He split time between the active roster, taxi squad and American Hockey League, where he scored 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 13 games with Grand Rapids. Selected by Detroit in the first round (No. 20) of the 2016 NHL Draft, Cholowski has scored 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in 104 NHL games.

Rosen analysis: It’s hard to fairly judge Cholowski’s NHL career because the Red Wings have been rebuilding and haven’t put a playoff-caliber team on the ice. He’s similar to Will Borgen, the defenseman Seattle selected from the Buffalo Sabres. Each has upside but a lot to prove before he can become an NHL regular.

Video: Octopus unveils Kraken’s Cholowski selection

 

Will Borgen, D, Buffalo Sabres

The 24-year-old has no points in 14 NHL games, including 10 games this season, when he spent time on the taxi squad. Borgen, who was selected by Buffalo in the fourth round (No. 92) of the 2015 NHL Draft, can become a restricted free agent July 28.

Rosen analysis: Borgen was a bright spot for the Sabres this season until he fractured his forearm Feb. 20 and was out two months. It’s possible, if not likely, that he’ll start next season with Charlotte of the AHL. This seems like a pick for the Kraken’s future, but with an opportunity he could be an important part of the present. He’s a no-risk selection with upside.

 

Jeremy Lauzon, D, Boston Bruins

The 24-year-old scored eight points (one goal, seven assists) in an NHL career-high 41 games this season and did not score a point in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games. He has one season remaining on a two-year contract he signed Feb. 14, 2020. Selected by Boston in the second round (No. 52) of the 2015 NHL Draft, Lauzon has scored 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 76 regular-season games and has not scored a point in 13 playoff games.

Rosen analysis: Lauzon, who was coached by Kraken assistant Jay Leach with Providence of the American Hockey League, has size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and can play 20 minutes per game in more of a shutdown capacity. The Kraken are getting a defenseman who could be a big part of their future too. Quality pickup.

 

NHL.com staff writer David Satriano contributed to this report

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