Can Kraken Crush Expansion Draft?

The initial roster for the Seattle Kraken — NHL’s 32nd team — will be revealed on Wednesday night.

Seattle has $81.2 million in salary-cap space to build its team through the expansion draft, as well as free agency and trades.

The Kraken selected 30 players Wednesday — one from each team, minus the exempt Golden Knights — comprising 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goaltenders.

The last NHL expansion draft was Vegas in 2017, and the Kraken will hope to match their immediate success. They made the Stanley Cup Final in their first season and have been contenders ever since.

Seattle had plenty of big-name — and high-priced — talent to choose from, including:

  • Canadiens G Carey Price, $10.5M cap hit
  • Devils D P.K. Subban, $9M
  • Flyers W Jakub Voracek, $8.25M
  • Predators C Matt Duchene, $8M
  • Blues W Vladimir Tarasenko, $7.5M
  • Flames D Mark Giordano, $6.75M

Reports surfaced Wednesday afternoon that Seattle passed on Price but chose Giordano, who is likely to serve as the first captain in franchise history. Vegas went the veteran route for its leader when it selected goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

The full list — as well as the Kraken’s uniforms — will be unveiled at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.