Jets lose winger Appleton to Kraken, hold on to defenceman DeMelo: Report

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Winger Mason Appleton has been selected by the Seattle Kraken in the NHL expansion draft, according to a report by TSN’s Darren Dreger.

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Appleton was a sixth-round draft pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 2015 and he worked his way through the farm system to become a regular over the last three seasons.

His best season came in 2021, when he scored 12 goals and had 25 points while playing on a checking line with centre Adam Lowry.

He also saw power play and penalty killing time over the course of the season.

Appleton, 25, was exposed by the Jets for the expansion draft after the team protected seven forwards, three defencemen and goalie Connor Hellebuyck.

His selection by the Kraken brought a sigh of relief from Jets fans because it means the team will keep defenceman Dylan DeMelo, who was also exposed.

The Jets protected rookie blue-liner Logan Stanley over DeMelo, fearing the Kraken would have been more likely to take the 6-foot-7, 230-pound Stanley. Their gamble appears to have paid off, although Appleton is still a good-sized loss.

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He was one of the few right-shooting forwards on the team — the only others currently under contract are captain Blake Wheeler and top centre Mark Scheifele — and he is a versatile player who can produce in different situations.

Appleton has one year remaining on a contract that pays him $900,000 per year…

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