Capped: Looking at potential draftees for Seattle’s expansion

Alexander MacLean

2020-04-02

 

With no hockey going on, and a lot of the offseason processes on pause for the foreseeable future, this seems like an excellent time to take the next few articles to dive into some thoughts on the Seattle expansion team. In the lead-up to the Vegas expansion, I took a general look at the league (here), and a lot of those points are going to be valid for the Seattle situation as well. However, we can just ignore the part about Vegas being a non-cup-contender off the bat, and if Seattle's front office is any indication, they may be able to make a playoff push in their first season as well.

 

Let's just sum up the Vegas article in a few points, before moving on to the meat of this one:

-There will be an extra ~$80 million spent on NHL contracts next season. That has to go somewhere in your league, and inevitably, it will be on the wire. Be ready to take advantage.

-Players will be given excellent opportunities in Seattle to thrive, but don't forget about the holes that are opened up on the other 30 teams.

-An added 41 games to the schedule means an even busier, and more condensed season for us fantasy owners, so pay even more attention to scheduling quirks in the following seasons.

 

Now, with that out of the way, let's look into some way-too-early thoughts on how each Eastern Conference team could be affected by the Seattle expansion draft.

 

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A few notes before I begin:

-I am making some assumptions for the selections, knowing there will be player movement in the 15 months remaining until the selection draft. If you have questions, I would be happy to answer – you can find me on Twitter @alexdmaclean.

-I am using the Capfriendly expansion tool to keep my thoughts organized.

-I will try to keep my biases out of this and will be aiming to uncover what selections may have repercussions that could affect the fantasy landscape.

 

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Boston Bruins

Possible Seattle selection: Anders Bjork

With a deep forward corps, and Torey Krug looking like he will be leaving in free-agency, Bjork's second line upside may be the best asset avai