The Seattle Kraken built their team through the NHL Expansion Draft a few weeks ago, but some of their decisions left fans with questions.
While the team passed on some big-name players like Carey Price in order to maintain cap flexibility, other decisions seemed to lack any reasoning. On multiple occasions, the Kraken seemingly passed on the opportunity to get assets back and walked away with nothing from certain teams.
While the team made some questionable decisions, such as taking Morgan Geekie from the Carolina Hurricanes or Dennis Cholowski from the Detroit Red Wings over other available players, at least they selected a young player who could factor into long-term plans.
Below, however, we take a look at five picks the Kraken clearly got wrong.
Kraken draft misses:
John Quenneville (Chicago Blackhawks)
The Kraken had some decent options from the Chicago Blackhawks. The team’s list of available players included forward Adam Gaudette, as well as defensemen Nikita Zadorov.
However, Seattle opted to select forward John Quenneville instead. A former first-round pick, Quenneville has yet to earn a full-time NHL role, at 25 years old. The Kraken then proceeded not to sign him and as a result, Quenneville is currently a free agent.
While Zadorov was in need of a new contract and the Kraken likely didn’t want to pay the price, the defenseman was later flipped for a third-round pick, a move which could have been made by Seattle. Gaudette was another solid option, and later re-signed with Chicago for under $1 million. Instead, the Kraken walked away with no assets from the Blackhawks.
Gavin Bayreuther (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Max Domi seemed like the clear choice from the Blue Jackets. While the forward was coming off a down year, he was just two years removed from scoring 28 goals and 72 points with the Montreal Canadiens.
The Kraken decided to go with defenseman Gavin Bayreuther instead, who was about to become an unrestricted free agent. The Kraken then chose not to sign him and Bayreuther went right back to the Blue Jackets on a two-year deal.
Even if the Kraken weren’t overly interested in Domi, they almost certainly could have selected him and then flipped him for assets. Considering he had just one year remaining on his deal, the Kraken would’ve had the opportunity to retain some salary if needed, without any long-term implications.
As was the case with the Blackhawks, Seattle wound up with absolutely nothing from the Blue Jackets.