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’s regular-season opener and its home opener at Climate Pledge Arena will be announced Thursday when the entire NHL schedule is released.
Note: This analysis does not include players signed before the Expansion Draft.
Position breakdown: 15 forwards, 12 defenseman, 3 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.
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) have each 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. Vince Dunn did so with the St. Louis Blues in 2019.
First-round picks: 7
Larsson (No. 4, 2011, New Jersey Devils) and Haydn Fleury (No. 7, 2014, Carolina Hurricanes) were each 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 each 29. Cale Fleury (Montreal Canadiens) and Kole Lind (Vancouver Canucks) are each 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 one each from Finland (Donskoi), the Czech Republic (Vanecek) and Denmark (Alexander True, San Jose Sharks).