WHAT: NHL EXPANSION DRAFT
WHEN: Wednesday, July 21 @ 5:00 PM Pacific
WHERE: Gas Works Park – Seattle, Washington
HOW TO FOLLOW: ESPN2, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
This Live Thread really felt like a lot more fun until everyone did their best to ruin the broadcast on social media, didn’t it?
Regardless, we press on, with the next event in an exciting and important offseason for the Kings organization. Tonight marks an evening of subtraction, rather than addition, with the Seattle Kraken selecting one player from each of the participating 30 clubs from around the league, with the Vegas Golden Knights excluded.
As noted earlier this week, a list of who is available to be selected from the Kings –
Goaltenders (2) – Troy Grosenick (UFA), Jonathan Quick
Defensemen (8) – Mark Alt (UFA), Daniel Brickley (UFA), Kale Clague (RFA), Olli Maatta, Kurtis MacDermid, Jacob Moverare (RFA), Austin Strand (RFA), Christian Wolanin
Forwards (10) – Andreas Athanasiou (RFA), Martin Frk, Mikey Eyssimont, Carl Grundstrom, Boko Imama (RFA), Brendan Lemieux, Matt Luff (RFA), Blake Lizotte, Drake Rymsha (RFA), Austin Wagner
The Kings protected list, as well as the organization’s expansion history, is available HERE.
While there is (was?) intrigue around the selection, the Kings likely fell towards the bottom of Seattle’s selecting order, with several big names and larger contracts exposed around the league. LA has (had?) many intriguing options available to fill certain roles, whether it be a tough blueliner, a…