With the Seattle Kraken making their final payment a few weeks ago, the team is now free to make trades and sign players. Using the 'Seattle Expansion Draft Simulator' on www.capfriendly.com can be a little overwhelming, so I thought I would make an attempt at each team and what players would be protected and what players might make up the initial Seattle roster. Of course, there will be some trades from teams wanting Seattle to pick certain players for draft picks and/or other players.
The Seattle Kraken will be a welcome addition to the Wild West!
Jason Zucker – Pittsburgh (29 years old) ($5.5 million AAV/2 years then UFA). Zucker struggled a little this season with nine goals and 18 points (0.47 pts/game) in 38 games with the Penguins. He has one goal in four games in the playoffs so far and should be good for 20-25 goals in an 82-game schedule for the next year or two. I've exposed him in the expansion draft as I don't think the Penguins will choose him over Jared McCann or Brandon Tanev.
Alexander Kerfoot – Toronto (26) ($3.5/2/UFA). The Leafs need to expose two forwards that meet the requirements and one is Pierre Engvall and the other comes down to Kerfoot or William Nylander and that is a pretty easy choice in the end. This a potential trade for the Kraken as the Leafs won't want to part with Kerfoot or Justin Holl on defense. Kerfoot is a very dependable, hard-working 3rd liner that could get 12-18 goals and 35-40 points.
Marcus Foligno – Minnesota (29) ($3.1/3/UFA). This came down to protecting Matt Dumba or Foligno and even though Foligno had decent production in 39 games with 26 points, he is not the player Dumba is. He's a physical third-line player that should be good for 10-15 goals and 25-35 points in a season. Another potential trade for the Kraken as the Wild will not want to lose him.
Miles Wood – New Jersey (25) ($2.75/1/RFA). The Devils need to leave two of Nico Hischier, Andreas Johnsson, Jesper Bratt, Pavel Zacha and Wood. It comes down to Johnsson and Wood for me even though Wood had 17 goals this season in 55 games (25-goal pace), Hischier, Bratt and Zacha are the easier choices. An emerging theme for most forwards listed here will be that they are mostly 2nd and 3rd line players.
Luke Kunin – Nashville (23) ($2.3/1/RFA). This pick comes down to