In this week's Eastern Edge, we'll predict who Seattle takes from each team in the Eastern Conference and briefly discuss the fantasy implications of each selection.
Boston Bruins – Ondrej Kase
Recent reports indicate that Jakub Zboril is likely to be Seattle's selection from Boston in Wednesday's expansion draft. Based on his Dobber Prospects page, he's a well-rounded defenseman with the tools to become a solid top-four blueliner. However, it doesn't seem like he'll be relevant in many fantasy leagues. From a fantasy perspective, I'd really like the Kraken to choose Ondrej Kase. The 25-year-old winger has shown a lot of promise in his young career, but his development has been derailed by injuries. If he can stay healthy next season, which is a big if, he should get plenty of ice time with Seattle and hopefully realize the potential we've been raving about for so many years.
Buffalo Sabres – William Borgen
Given the list of players Buffalo made available to Seattle, it seems likely that the Kraken select a defenseman from the Sabres. I think the decision comes down to Colin Miller and William Borgen, but the latter seems like a better choice because he's younger and cheaper. I'm not too familiar with Borgen's outlook and I don't think he'd be relevant in many fantasy leagues, but I'll refer you to his Dobber Prospects page so you can draw your own conclusions. If the Kraken do take Miller, it would probably boost the defenseman's fantasy value. He was a 40-point guy in Vegas, but his numbers fell off in Buffalo as he was no longer deployed in an offensive role. A change of scenery may come with a change in deployment that could help his production.
Carolina Hurricanes – Jake Bean
Kevin LeBlanc of Dobber Prospects identified Jake Bean as an "offensive puck mover with power-play potential". The 23-year-old defenseman hasn't had much of an opportunity at the NHL level just yet. He skated less than 15 minutes a night last season and was on the ice for just 20-percent of the team's total power-play time. Joining the Kraken would help him escape a crowded blueline in Carolina. He'd be higher on the depth chart in Seattle and would have a good opportunity to realize his potential right away. However, it's worth noting that Dougie Hamilton is currently a free agent and may not be a Hurricane next season. His departure would open up offensive minutes for Jake Bean in Carolina. Therefore, it's possible that Canes GM Don Waddell sends Seattle an asset to ensure they don't take Bean, so the young defenseman can serve as an in-house replacement for Hamilton.
Columbus Blue Jackets – Max Domi
The 26-year-old forward is expected to miss the first month or two of next season as he completes his recovery f