Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades: Seattle Kraken

Michael Clifford

2022-08-31

The 20th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer/fall. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.

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Gone – Haydn Fleury, Dennis Cholowski, Riley Sheahan, Victor Rask, Connor Carrick, Daniel Sprong, Antoine Bibeau

Incoming – Oliver Bjorkstrand, Andre Burakovsky, Justin Schultz, Michal Kempny, Martin Jones

Impact of Changes – The trade for Bjorkstrand and the signing of Burakovsky are huge for this team. Both guys are 20-goal wingers (at the least) and the team only had three of those last season. If they decide to leave Jared McCann on the wing, these three plus Jaden Schwartz and Jordan Eberle gives this team two viable top-6 sets of wingers with one left over. For a team that was bottom-5 in scoring, that is a big boost to their offensive profile.

Adding Schultz and Kempny should help the blue line depth. They aren't great players but after the triumvirate of Jamie Oleksiak, Vince Dunn, and Adam Larsson, there isn't much depth on the blue line anyway. This gives them options and can hopefully stabilize things game-to-game. After the trade deadline last March, Seattle was a mid