NHL Mock Enlargement Draft 2021: Carey Worth, Vladimir Tarasenko headline Seattle Kraken picks

The time has come because the NHL’s latest franchise, the Seattle Kraken, is about to refill its roster throughout Wednesday’s growth draft (8 p.m. ET).

Who they’ll choose from the 30 groups is anybody’s guess. (Vegas is exempt from the growth draft.) GM Ron Francis has stated he’d preferred to have cap area in right this moment’s economic system however his house owners have additionally given him the inexperienced mild to spend freely to the cap ceiling if he feels it neccessary.

There are just a few guidelines Francis and his workers have to comply with when making their picks:

  • They have to choose 30 gamers — a minimum of 14 forwards, 9 defensemen and three goaltenders.
  • At the very least 20 of these gamers have to be underneath contract for 2021-22 and have a price between 60 and one hundred pc of the higher restrict ($81.5 million) of the wage cap.

After all, there may be positive to have been loads of wheelin’ and dealin’ on the facet as groups wish to sweeten the pot to maintain a sure participant.

MORE: Full listing of gamers out there for NHL Enlargement Draft

Plus, Francis has an unique window to barter offers with pending free brokers. If they’re signed, that man can be the choose from their now former crew. However the expectation is these offers will not come till after free company opens up on July 28. In spite of everything, why not get two guys for those who can. Just a few attention-grabbing names on the market are pending UFAs Travis Zajac, Zach Parise and Derek Forbort who all performed for coach Dave Hakstol at North Dakota. (Parise, it ought to be famous, has been linked to the Islanders and ex-Devils GM Lou Lamoriello.) Derek Ryan, the Flames heart and UFA, hails from Washington state and will add some native taste. 

Because the Kraken get, properly, cracking on constructing their roster, Sporting Information took a stab at projecting who the NHL’s thirty second crew will snag (due to the nice people over at CapFriendly). Ultimately, 17 forwards, 9 defensemen and 4 goalies had been picked.Of the 30, 21 gamers are underneath contract for 2021-22 and it totals to a wage cap hit of $79.5 million (max is $81.5 million).

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NHL mock growth draft 2021


Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues

Cap hit: $7.5 million, two years left

There’s a variety of query marks across the Blues wingers’ well being however when one of many recreation’s finest aim scorers (218 targets, 224 assists in 531 profession video games) is accessible how will you say no? There have been some rumors that he will get flipped after the choice.

James van Riemsdyk, Philadelphia Flyers

Cap hit: $7 million, two years left

Who would Tarasenko get flipped for? How about Jakob Voracek. The Flyers ahead might undoubtedly use a change of surroundings and definitely discovered success throughout Hakstol’s tenure, together with his profession 12 months in 2017-18 (85 factors in 82 video games). Voracek was SN’s choose however his contract didn’t match so as a substitute we went with one other man who can bury the puck, is a smidge cheaper and Hakstol additionally is aware of in van Riemsdyk. 

Jordan Eberle, New York Islanders

Cap hit: $5.5 million, three years

This crew goes to be stacked with aim guys and Eberle is somebody who can just do that as a top-six man. He scored 16 the final two seasons in shortened years. If Tarasenko sticks round, he’d look mighty good on that second line behind Tarasenko at proper wing.

Alex Killorn, Tampa Bay Lightning

Cap hit: $4.45 million, two years

The Lightning left unprotected a ton of expertise and whereas lots of people are speculating it’s going to be centerman Yanni Gourde who will exit west, Killorn is a man with immense worth. He was on the highest power-play unit, served as a key penalty killer and was a second-line winger for the potent Bolts offense. When he went down with, what was revealed to be a damaged leg within the Ultimate, his loss was shortly seen within the lineup. Plus, add in that he needed to — and tried to — play on stated damaged leg says so much about this man’s character.

MORE: Lightning ahead reveals damaged leg saved him out of Stanley Cup Ultimate

Joonas Donskoi, Colorado Avalanche

Cap hit: $3.9 million, two years

A middle-six man, Donskoi is coming off a profession 12 months with 17 targets and his fourth straight 12 months of a minimum of 30 factors. At 29, the 200-ft participant that Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar relied on throughout the ice, he brings a veteran presence with playoff expertise (he is made the postseason in every of his six seasons).

Alexander Kerfoot, Toronto Maple Leafs

Cap hit: $3.5 million, two years

The rumor is GM Kyle Dubas acquired Jared McCann simply in case the crew misplaced Kerfoot within the growth draft. He left each guys out there so the thought is one may very well be gone and whereas Kerfoot is a bit of older and a bit of dearer, he is most likely the higher match for the Kraken — and it simply could also be a executed deal:

Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo Sabres

Cap hit: $2.2 million, two years

The hope was to suit Skinner into this mock draft however the value on his contract was too wealthy. Girgensons missed the complete season with a hamstring damage however has a ton of upside and may play a third-line checking function. He is additionally a man assistant GM Jason Botterill is aware of fairly properly from his Buffalo days and it would not be out of the query for the entrance workplace and training workers to choose gamers they’re comfy with.

Calle Jarnkrok, Nashville Predators

Cap hit: $2 million, one 12 months

This mock draft was all about flexibility and Jarnkrok is among the guys on this ahead group — like Kerfoot — who can play heart and wing. He notched 13 targets and 28 factors in 49 video games in 2021 for third on the Predators and can be an inexpensive addition to the roster.

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Dylan Gambrell, San Jose Sharks

Cap hit: $1.1 million, one 12 months

A man with an area connection, Gambrell is the brilliant spot on an in any other case dismal listing for the Sharks. He is a centerman by commerce, brings a bodily recreation and can be a stable bottom-six man.

Kevin Stenlund, Columbus Blue Jackets

Cap hit: $1.05 million, one 12 months

Clearly, Max Domi is the shiny jewel the Blue Jackets dangled however he’ll miss time after offseason shoulder surgical procedure and questions abound after a few inconsistent seasons. Stenlund is younger (24), can play wing and heart and would slot in as an affordable depth man.

Colin Blackwell, New York Rangers

Cap hit: $725,000, one 12 months

One of many largest surprises on the uncovered listing was Blackwell after he notched 22 factors in 47 video games. He scored some large targets for the Rangers, can play heart and the wing and, like Stenlund is younger and low cost.

Zach Aston-Reese, Pittsburgh Penguins

Cap hit: RFA with arbitration rights

Aston-Reese can be an attention-grabbing choose for the Kraken. As famous by the Pittsburgh Submit-Gazette’s Mike DeFabo, the Kraken love analytics and the New York Metropolis native’s numbers in that division are fairly interesting: 50.8 anticipated goals-for proportion at 5v5 and, when he was on the ice, Pittsburgh produced extra high-danger possibilities. 

MORE: Full listing of gamers shielded from growth draft

Tyler Benson, Edmonton Oilers

Cap hit: RFA

It has been arduous for the ahead to crack the Oilers lineup, and he is simply performed seven NHL video games, however there’s a variety of upside for the 23-year-old. At Bakersfield (AHL), he is posted near point-per-game numbers (36 factors in 47 video games in 2019-20 and 36 factors in 36 video games final season) and brings sturdy playmaking each time he’s on the ice.

Andreas Athanasiou, Los Angeles Kings

Cap hit: RFA with arbitration rights

Athanasiou provides that all-important roster flexibility as he can play throughout the board up entrance. He is struggled as of late however is just not far faraway from a 30-goal season in 2018-19 with the Crimson Wings.

Adam Gaudette, Chicago Blackhawks

Cap hit: RFA with arbitration rights

Gaudette was shipped to Chicago by the Canucks on the commerce deadline. He posted spectacular numbers in 2019-20 (33 factors in 59 video games) however faltered in 2021 with a mixed 11 factors in 40 video games. A well-known identify to the Pacific Northwest, Gaudette has the ability to be an enormous function participant however he simply must faucet into it.

Adam Mascherin, Dallas Stars

Cap hit: RFA with arbitration rights

At 23, Mascherin is a stable prospect to have within the pipeline. He completed third in targets (18)  within the AHL in 2021, can play heart and wing and would add velocity and ability to the bottom-six.

Michael Bunting, Arizona Coyotes

Cap hit: UFA

Bunting is certainly one of three unrestricted free brokers on this listing, and whereas he might signal on July 28, it would not damage to lock him up now. When he bought into the Coyotes lineup he was efficient scoring 10 targets in 21 video games. Whereas he did not get factors for Staff Canada on the 2021 IIHF Males’s World Championship, the 5-11 man introduced power and was a key forechecker for Gerard Gallant’s squad.

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Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames

Cap hit: $6.75 million, one 12 months

Giordano would not essentially wish to go away Calgary, and Darryl Sutter absolutely would not wish to lose the man he stated was the crew’s finest defenseman in 2021 (and the winner of the inaugural Clayton H. Riddell Award because the Flames’ finest blueliner) however this one might be a executed deal. The 2019 Norris Trophy winner was the crew’s high defenseman with 26 factors and led everybody in ice time (22:57) whereas taking part in in all 56 video games on the age of 37. If he’s taken, he’ll most likely find yourself being the primary captain in Kraken historical past.

Kevin Shattenkirk, Anaheim Geese

Cap hit: $3.9 million, two years

This was a toss-up between Shattenkirk and Adam Henrique however as they are saying, protection wins championships — and he did that in 2020 with the Lightning. He is a inventive right-shot defenseman who sees power-play time whereas additionally being stable in his personal finish. Alongside Giordano, he’ll deliver a veteran presence to the corps.

Will Butcher, New Jersey Devils

Cap hit: $3.733 million, one 12 months

Butcher’s time within the Backyard State look to be numbered anyway as he performed half the variety of video games in 2021 as he did in 2019-20 (56). He is a cell defenseman and at simply 26 might flourish with a change of surroundings. With only one 12 months left on his deal, the Kraken might take an opportunity and see the way it goes and probably signal him to much less cash subsequent offseason when he is a UFA.

Dylan DeMelo, Winnipeg Jets

Cap hit: $3 million, three years

Fairly truthful to say everybody was shocked that the Jets left DeMelo — and a man coach Paul Maurice loves (again in February 2020 he stated this about his debut with the membership: “That was a pure type of, I do not know for those who might name it ‘coaches porn,’ however if you’re watching hockey video, you understand that is fairly darn good.”) DeMelo is a standout defensive defenseman — at 5v5, the crew’s Corsi For proportion was 49.29 however he had the very best anticipated Targets For proportion amongst defensemen at 51.49 per Pure Stat Trick — and made a crucial cease for the Jets within the postseason sweep of the Oilers. 

Troy Stecher, Detroit Crimson Wings

Cap hit: $1.7 million, one 12 months

The lack of Stecher, together with Chris Tanev, was apparent for the Canucks. He had a stable 12 months for the struggling Crimson Wings and was a key piece of Hockey Canada’s gold-medal profitable squad. A local of British Columbia, and an alum of Hakstol’s North Dakota years, Stecher is an apparent choose for the Kraken. 

Josh Brown, Ottawa Senators

Cap hit: $1.2 million, one 12 months

A tough-nosed blueliner, Brown can be a pleasant complement to the ability of a man like Shattenkirk. At simply over a million-dollar hit, he likes to throw the physique round (regardless of taking part in simply 26 video games, was ninth on the crew in hits at 71) and put the physique on the road (second on the crew with 6.52 blocks-per-game).

Connor Clifton, Boston Bruins

Cap hit: $1 million, two years

Clifton is an efficient, younger, right-shot defenseman who can play either side. He has familiarity with assistant coach Jay Leach — who will likely be accountable for the D — from his Windfall days besides.

Brogan Rafferty, Vancouver Canucks

Cap hit: UFA

The 26-year-old defenseman reportedly needs out of Vancouver and as a UFA, he’ll most likely get his want a method or one other. A right-shot defenseman, he had an All-Star 2019-20 season in Utica (AHL) with 45 factors in 57 video games and was third amongst league defensemen in scoring. Lengthy thought of a high prospect within the Canucks pipeline, he struggled to crack the lineup (performed a recreation) and spent nearly all of 2021 on the taxi squad. Rafferty has a ton of upside with stable hockey IQ, skating and level manufacturing and can be an excellent get on the league minimal.

Jake Bean, Carolina Hurricanes

Cap hit: RFA

Bean was drafted by Francis in 2016 at thirteenth general and had a stable first full 12 months with 12 factors in 42 video games, together with six with the person benefit. At 23, there’s an entire lotta upside right here and he might slot in properly within the backside defensive pairing.

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Carey Worth, Montreal Canadiens

Cap hit: $10.5 million, 5 years

A Corridor of Fame goaltender, who simply posted some eye-popping numbers within the postseason and has a connection to the Pacific Northwest? How might you not take him? Worth, who performed for the Tri-Metropolis Individuals throughout his juniors days, which is the place he met his spouse Angela, can be the face of the franchise a la Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury. After all, there are questions on his well being (knee and hip) and a goalie with a hip damage is not excellent however even when he misses a while he can be a foundational choose for the brand new franchise. 

Kaapo Kahkonen, Minnesota Wild

Cap hit: $725,000, one 12 months

Leaving the teen unprotected was a smidge of a shock and he may very well be a stable backup to both Chris Driedger if Worth is unable to go at first. In his first full season, the 24-year-old posted a 19-9-1 document with a 2.90 goals-against common and a .904 save proportion. 

Vitek Vanecek, Washington Capitals

Cap hit: $716,667, one 12 months

One other teen, Vanecek might probably push for that backup spot. He performed in 37 video games for the Capitals in 2021 and went 21-10-0 with a 2.69 GAA and .908 save proportion. In the event that they do decide to pick out Kahkonen and Vanecek, it would not be a shock if one is shipped out of the Emerald Metropolis shortly after.

Chris Driedger, Florida Panthers

Cap hit: UFA

This can be the most secure choose on the listing as plenty of insiders have revealed that the netminder is near signing a cope with the Kraken. He had a breakout 12 months in 2021 with a 14-6-3 document, 2.07 GAA and a save proportion of .927. If Seattle does take Worth and he has to overlook time, Driedger would slot in properly as a No. 1 to begin.

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