Seattle Kraken Mock Draft: Central Division

Seattle Kraken Mock Draft

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 Central Division in this particular piece, let’s dive into our picks for the Kraken. The following players listed account for our Seattle Kraken mock draft selections for the Central Division.

Seattle Kraken Mock Draft for the Central Division

Arizona Coyotes

Michael Bunting, Left Wing

Arizona’s slowly maturing prospect finally got a proper taste of the NHL last season and seized the opportunity with both hands. Bunting went on a blistering goal-scoring bender with 10 goals in 21 games while shooting at a (slightly unsustainable) 26.7 percent. Sure, that number is going to regress, but there’s clearly offensive talent to capitalize on here.

The 25-year-old, former fourth-rounder finished second in scoring in consecutive seasons between 2018-19 and 2019-20 for the Tucson Roadrunners in the AHL. This year, his seven goals ranked fourth on the team and he only played half a season in the minors.

Clearly, the issue here is a lack of an NHL sample size, but as a gamble, Bunting is not a bad one with the relatively low sure-fire talent to bank on within the Yotes’ list of available players.

More on the Seattle Kraken Mock Draft

If you haven’t already done so, please check out the other articles within the Seattle Kraken mock draft series: here are the Atlantic Division, Metropolitan Division and the Pacific Division pieces. Thanks for reading one and all!

*All NHL skater stats sourced via Natural Stat Trick and Hockey Reference. All minor-league skater stats were sourced via Elite Prospects. Goalie stats sourced via MoneyPuck

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