What happens when a Bruins fan faces off against two Maple Leafs fans? Intellectual discussion about all aspects of hockey, of course! Throwing Haymakers is a podcast started by Last Word on Sports writers Brandon Higley-Blair and Josh Erickson, as well as Mat Sheridan. Discussing everything from playoffs to predictions to pretty snipes, Throwing Haymakers provides a fresh, new view on the current state of hockey.
Throwing Haymakers Podcast: Episode 25
On the final installment of Throwing Haymakers’ Seattle prediction series, Brandon, Josh, and Mat examine potential expansion selections from the Pacific Division squads. They also examine some other hockey news, including Kirby Dach‘s WJC injury, Slater Koekkoek signing in Edmonton, and Carl Soderberg signing in Chicago.
With the Vegas Golden Knights being exempt from this expansion draft, there were only seven selections to discuss for today’s episode. The Anaheim Ducks had some particularly interesting options available. Anaheim will likely have a young forward with upside available (think Sonny Milano). They’ll also, however, have a supreme defensive option on the market, likely Kevin Shattenkirk. Regardless, the Kraken should walk away happy from the Ducks.
The same can’t be said for their stately rivals, the San Jose Sharks. As their roster has been dismantled over the past few seasons, there isn’t much worth picking. Seattle will likely go with one of San Jose’s younger forwards, although none of them have a ton of upside.
There was also some news to cover this week. Due to Oscar Klefbom‘s injury status, the Edmonton Oilers signed Slater Koekkoek to round out their defensive depth. The Chicago Blackhawks also made a similar move in response to injury. Kirby Dach‘s wrist injury at the 2021 World Junior Championship is likely to sideline him through the start of the season. Because of this, Chicago nabbed one of the few remaining free-agent centres in Carl Soderberg. The boys break down all of this and more on the 25th episode of the Throwing Haymakers Podcast.
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