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Seattle Kraken roster by the numbers after NHL Expansion Draft

30 players chosen create mix of experience, youth for debut NHL season

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

Fleury bros selected by Kraken

Fleury brothers selected by Kraken

Cale and Haydn Fleury are selected by the Seattle Kraken during the 2021 Expansion Draft

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The Seattle Kraken roster was formed Wednesday when they selected one player each from 30 of the 31 other NHL teams (the Vegas Golden Knights were excluded) in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft presented by Upper Deck.

Here is a look, by the numbers, at the team that will begin play next season. Seattle will play its first NHL game Oct. 12 at the Vegas Golden Knights, and its home opener, at Climate Pledge Arena, will be Oct. 23 against the Vancouver Canucks.

Note: This analysis does not include players signed before the expansion draft.

Position breakdown: 15 forwards, 12 defensemen, three goalies

The Kraken were required to select at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies. They chose 12 defensemen and could look to trade some in the coming days for forward depth.

Number of NHL seasons on roster (minimum one game played constitutes a season): 137

Seattle selected three players with at least 10 NHL seasons of experience: Mark Giordano (15, from the Calgary Flames), Jordan Eberle (11; New York Islanders) and Adam Larsson (10; Edmonton Oilers). Half of the 30 players taken have three or fewer seasons in the NHL.

Video: Mark Giordano joins Seattle Kraken

Career NHL regular-season games played: 6,264

Giordano, the former Flames captain, leads the Kraken with 949. Eberle (779), Larsson (603) and Calle Jarnkrok (508; Nashville Predators) are the others with at least 500.

2020-21 NHL regular-season games played: 1,005

Each NHL team played 56 games this season. Five players chosen by Seattle played all 56: Giordano, Larsson, Mason Appleton (Winnipeg Jets), Yanni Gourde (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Jamie Oleksiak (Dallas Stars).

Career NHL regular-season goals: 960

Two players have scored at least 100 goals: Eberle (241) and Giordano (143). Jarnkrok (94), Gourde (80) and Joonas Donskoi (78; Colorado Avalanche) round out the top five.

Career NHL regular-season assists: 1,560

Seattle selected four forwards with at least 100 assists: Eberle (310), Jarnkrok (117), Donskoi (108) and Gourde (107). Defensemen Giordano (366) and Larsson (112) likely will set up the forwards for scoring chances.

Career NHL regular-season goaltending wins: 43

Two of the three goalies selected (Chris Driedger, Florida Panthers; Vitek Vanecek, Washington Capitals) each has won 21. Joey Daccord (Ottawa Senators), the other goalie on Seattle's roster, has one NHL win. Thirty-six of their 43 NHL wins came this season.

Stanley Cup championships: 3

Gourde won the Stanley Cup each of the past two seasons with the Lightning. Defensemen Vince Dunn did so with the St. Louis Blues in 2019.

Video: Yanni Gourde joins Seattle Kraken

First-round picks: 7

Larsson (No. 4, 2011, New Jersey Devils) and Haydn Fleury (No. 7, 2014, Carolina Hurricanes) each was selected in the top 10. Five others were also chosen in the first round: Eberle (No. 22, 2008, Oilers), Oleksiak (No. 14, 2011, Stars), John Quenneville (No. 30, 2014, Devils), Jared McCann (No. 24, 2014, Vancouver Canucks) and Dennis Cholowski (No. 20, 2016, Detroit Red Wings).

Average age: 26.2 years old

Giordano (37) and Eberle (31) are the only players older than 30. Gourde, Donskoi, Jarnkrok, Brandon Tanev (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Tyler Pitlick (Arizona Coyotes) are 29. Cale Fleury (Montreal Canadiens) and Kole Lind (Vancouver Canucks) are the youngest on the roster at 22.

Countries represented: 6

Twenty-five players chosen are from North America (19, Canada; six, United States). Two (Larsson, Jarnkrok) are from Sweden, and there are one each from Finland (Donskoi), the Czech Republic (Vanecek) and Denmark (Alexander True, San Jose Sharks).

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