Seattle Kraken Mock Draft: Atlantic Division

Seattle Kraken mock Draft
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With the expansion draft protection lists submitted, the players on the block for the Seattle Kraken have been decided. Now in the lead-up to their inaugural draft, the Last Word on Hockey team are proposing their ideal selection from each team. As part of this exercise, salary cap and roster make-up have been incorporated into picking Seattle’s roster on behalf of general manager Ron Francis. Focusing on the teams in the Atlantic Division in this particular piece, let’s dive into our ideal picks for the Kraken. The following players listed account for our Seattle Kraken mock draft selections for the Atlantic Division.

A second-round draft choice in 2015, the Toronto Maple Leafs left defenceman Travis Dermott is exposed for the Seattle Kraken to snatch; they should take him. Dermott wasn’t given the full spotlight in Toronto since the coaching staff opted to pair him with veteran Zach Bogosian for the majority of his ice time and as a result, he struggled. In this bottom pair role, Dermott failed to be as productive and ultimately fell short of what he could have been.

Some people will point to Dermott’s offensive numbers and say that he was an offensive black hole. But you also have to look at the opportunities given to him. Dermott only averaged 13:13 in ice time per game this year. He had a tough year, that is undeniable. But he still has the potential to be a solid top-four defenceman. The Kraken front office takes a gambit on him in this Seattle Kraken Mock Draft.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Yanni Gourde, Centre

Tampa Bay is in a major cap crunch. It was ultimately worthwhile as they have now won back-to-back Stanley Cups. The team took a 4-4-1 approach to protect their elite defensive core in the hopes that Seattle will select one of their top-earners from their exposed forward group. While none of their premier talents are available, Yanni Gourde is certainly the cream of the crop that’s left.

Although his 5’9″ frame may scare off some general managers, it shouldn’t deter Ron Francis. He knows as well as anyone that the league is shifting to a more fast-paced style of play. Gourde can play that way and he puts up a lot of points doing it. His cap hit is also doable at roughly $5.1 million per year. Gourde is a player who makes an immediate impact on this team and will be a cornerstone player for a long time. If the Kraken pass on him, they will be making a huge mistake.