All signs point to Dunn as Seattle’s pick in expansion draft

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Blues defenseman Vince Dunn skates on Sunday, Jan. 10th, 2021, during play in a scrimmage game at Enterprise Center in St. Louis. Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Blues defenseman Vince Dunn (29) is congratulated on his first period goal during a game between the Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Photo by David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com

Jim Thomas

Kraken could pick Tarasenko, Dunn, or sign Schwartz in Wednesday’s draft.

Updated at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

All signs point to defenseman Vince Dunn as the pick for the Seattle Kraken in Wednesday night’s expansion draft.

The Kraken had to turn in their list of selected players to the NHL at 9 a.m. Central time, but all 30 picks by the NHL’s 32nd franchise won’t be announced until 7 p.m. Wednesday.

But it quickly became apparent Wednesday morning that veteran forward Jaden Schwartz would not be the Seattle choice. Sources confirmed to the Post-Dispatch an earlier report by Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic that the Kraken had talked to Schwartz — who is an unrestricted free agent — during the three-day negotiating period. But they did not reach agreement on a contract before the Wednesday deadline.

So Schwartz stays in the free-agent pool. The Blues remain in the mix for Schwartz, but it looks very much like he will test the market July 28 when the league-wide free…

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