Best-case scenario for Jets as Kraken takes Appleton, leaves DeMelo alone

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Ted Wyman

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Jul 21, 2021  •  32 minutes ago  •  3 minute read  •  Join the conversation

Defenceman Dylan DeMelo will be staying with Jets, as the Seattle Kraken took winger Mason Appleton instead. Photo by KEVIN KING /KEVIN KING Article content

Kevin Cheveldayoff took a chance, played his cards right and came away with a winning hand when it came to the NHL’s expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken.

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You might even say he got away with one.

The general manager of the Winnipeg Jets played the odds when he chose to protect rookie defenceman Logan Stanley for the expansion draft and expose veteran blue-liner Dylan DeMelo.

The Jets could ill-afford to lose either one — defence is, after all, the team’s weakest link — but Cheveldayoff clearly had a hunch that the Kraken would be more interested in Stanley than DeMelo.

As it turns out, Kraken general manager Ron Francis and his team decided to leave DeMelo alone and go for forward Mason Appleton, a player who was not among the seven forwards the Jets protected for the draft.

Appleton is a significant loss, but the Jets are stronger up front than they are on the blue-line and his third-line minutes and 25 points from last season should be…

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