Wild West:  Seattle Kraken – Organization Review

Grant Campbell


I wasn't a fan of what the Kraken did during the expansion draft in building their original roster, but they have made plenty of good moves since then. They have had good entry drafts, have made some decent free agency signings and made some good trades. They are heading in the right direction.

GM and Coach

Ron Francis has been the GM in Seattle since July of 2019 and has been in charge of the expansion draft and everything else since then. He was the GM in Carolina from April of 2014 to March of 2018, when he moved to the role of President for a few months before being fired. Francis was the GM in Carolina when coach Bill Peters was found to have abused player Michael Jordan from behind the bench and Francis didn't fire him.

David Hakstoll was named head coach in Seattle before the 2021-22 season after being the head coach in Philadelphia for three and a half years. His overall record in the NHL is 161-150-48. The Kraken had a record of 27-49-6 last year during his first season there.

Salary Cap

The Kraken has just over $2.1 million in salary cap space for the 2022-23 season.

They have signed all of their restricted free agents, except for Cale Fleury (23) who played nine games in the NHL with Seattle last season.

Draft Picks

Seattle was ecstatic during the 2022 draft as the consensus first overall pick dropped to them at 4th overall.

Seattle picks were:

1st round – 4th overall – Shane Wright (18) (C) 63-32-62-94 with Kingston – OHL

2nd round – 35th overall – Jagger Firkus (18) (RW) 66-36-44-80 with Moose Jaw – WHL

2nd round – 49th overall – Jani Nyman (17) (LW/RW) 34-18-17-35 with KOOVEE – Mestis (Finland)

2nd round – 58th overall – Niklas Kokko (18) (G) – 29-2.06-91.4 with Karpat – Finnish U20

2nd round – 61st overall – David Goyette (18) (C) 66-33-40-73 with Sudbury – OHL

3rd round – 68th overall – Ty Nelson (18) (RD) 66-9-42-51 with North Bay – OHL

3rd round – 91st overall – Ben MacDonald (18) (C) 22-14-15-29 with Noble Greenough School – USHS-Prep

4th round – 100th overall – Tyson Jugnauth (18) (LD) 52-9-41-50 with West Kelowna – BCHL

4th round – 123rd overall – Tucker Robertson (19) (C) 68-41-40-81 with Peterborough – OHL

6th round – 164th overall – Barrett Hall (18) (C, LW, RW) 25-25-30-55 with Gentry Academy – USHS-Minnesota

7th round – 196th overall – Kyle Jackson (19) (C) 45-30-32-62 with North Bay – OHL

In 2023, Seattle has three 2nd round picks,