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Spencer Knighted; Roope Hintz at Stardom; Mock Seattle Kraken Draft & More (Apr 21) – DobberHockey

It is a lengthy one right this moment. A lot of ideas on final night time’s video games, after which only for enjoyable I’m going by in a complete mock growth draft(!) to test for attainable/in all probability fantasy ramifications.

Seattle in, seize your espresso, tea, or drink of alternative, and let’s get Kraken.


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Mikko Rantanen and P.K. Subban have been added to the Covid list. Subban’s addition is hopefully only a contact tracing precaution, however Rantanen becoming a member of teammates on the least with a couple of days in between is regarding. If the present two Colorado video games on the schedule have been to get pushed again, then the Avalanche and the Blues (their opponent in each video games) might each have zero video games this week. Hopefully you are not stacking them (like me with three prime Blues forwards in a single league). In non-keepers, that is the form of information that may immediate drastic measures when margins are slim. I am considering chopping Vladimir Tarasenko in a single league if issues proceed like this, however simply take into account that the Blues have already got 4 video games scheduled subsequent week. There is a stability in there someplace.


In some very unlucky however inevitable information, the OHL is not going to have a season. This yr’s draft goes to have numerous gold to mine if you know the way to seek out it (for those who do then please let the remainder of us and a dozen NHL groups know).


These have been the ability play models with Matt Grzelcyk again within the lineup, however Jake DeBrusk ended up factoring in with a minute of man benefit time as effectively:

PP1: Ritchie-Bergeron-Marchand-Pastrnak-Grzelcyk

PP2: Corridor-Krejci-Smith-Reilly-McAvoy

Tuukka Rask posted a comparatively straightforward 31-save shutout. The Bruins now have secondary scoring controlling the possession battle, and their defencemen are wholesome. Whoever is in web is a shutout menace each sport they play from right here on out. Particularly of their subsequent two video games, which occur to even be in opposition to the Sabres.


Final week Igor Shesterkin was profitable a few of your fantasy matchups single-handedly. He has arrived, and should not be straightforward to accumulate in any leagues (if he’s then accomplish that now – or within the offseason when buying and selling opens). Sadly, he allowed a bushel of objectives on this one, conceding the victory to Semyon Varlamov. Varlamov has been dropping a couple of extra begins to Ilya Sorokin because the season has gone on, and it is doubtless the 2 will cut up begins for the following yr or two (Varlamov has two extra years on his contract after this one). Sorokin (and Ilya Samsonov for that matter) are the low cost choices in the summertime if you wish to get in on a star Russian goalie at a good worth relative to their future worth.

Noah Dobson picked up his first level in over 5 weeks, and is again on the highest powerplay. The quarterback on the powerplay has been biking between Dobson, Ryan Pulock, and Nick Leddy. Good luck guessing who it will likely be subsequent sport, however the PP objective final night time might purchase Dobson some rope. If he had been dropped in your league throughout his cold streak, it’s price wanting into whether or not he suits in your roster for the stretch run.


If I can ask for one matchup within the NHL playoffs, prime of my record could be a Carolina/Tampa Bay battle. These are two of the highest three groups within the league, and getting this matchup early within the playoffs would make up for what’s normally a sloppy and disappointing closing. The hockey within the first 1.5 spherical of NHL playoffs is the perfect there’s.

It was an amazing signal to see Martin Necas was again within the lineup after being flattened in Monday’s sport. Nonetheless, the Canes did lose Brady Skjei. Fortunately, they will slide these minute over to Jake Bean and they need to be simply advantageous. If Bean does truly take in a few of these additional minutes, then he could be price a glance in factors leagues. He is not going to be racking up many worthwhile peripheral stats for you although.


Max Domi was a wholesome scratch for the second straight sport. His fantasy worth this season is shot, as is the case with most Columbus skaters proper now. The place would they be in the event that they weren’t taking part in in John Tortarella’s system proper now? Properly we have now one major case research from this season in Pierre-Luc Dubois, nevertheless his uninspired begin and his decreased deployment in Winnipeg actually blurs the numbers. On the flip facet of that commerce, Jack Roslovic has rocketed up whereas Patrik Laine has light to the background. If we return to final season, Alex Wennberg has seen a slight uptick in his manufacturing (0.39 points-per-game to 0.45) in his new dwelling. Nonetheless, that must be contextualized by the truth that he’s seeing an additional minute of ice time with the Panthers, and beginning extra of his shifts within the offensive zone. Torts does not appear to assist fantasy values, but it surely’s not as if gamers half their anticipated totals underneath him. Typically we put a little bit an excessive amount of bearing on smaller issues like who the coach is and what metropolis somebody is taking part in in.

On the opposite facet of the ice, Sam Bennett is prospering. Go choose him up now if he is obtainable. The Ramblings will nonetheless be right here 5 minutes from now, Bennett will not be. His line by three video games: 5 objectives, 17 PIMs, plus-5, eight photographs, and 13 hits. My projections at the moment have him at a $3.7 million cap hit for subsequent yr, but when he can end off the season on this hot streak, then do not be stunned to see him with a multi-year deal round a $5 million cap hit. There is not any purpose for the Panthers to separate him and Jonathan Huberdeau (one other three factors final night time), which is sweet information for each.

The day after his 20th birthday, Spencer Knight skated out for his first NHL begin, and regarded wonderful doing so. He earned the win and solely allowed one objective (although a second was known as again for offside). He might not see one other begin this season because the Panthers battle for dwelling ice benefit and solely have one back-to-back remaining with none of their matchups being straightforward ones. He is the goalie of the long run, however not the goalie of the current. At greatest Chris Driedger walks within the offseason and Knight sees 40% of the begins subsequent yr behind Sergei Bobrovsky. It is a related state of affairs to the Islanders duo, only a yr behind, and with out the identical defensive system.


Mackenzie Blackwood missed the sport attributable to an undisclosed damage. Scott Wedgewood didn’t fare effectively in his absence permitting 4 objectives within the first interval and being changed by Aaron Dell for the second. Surprisingly you are higher off with Dustin Tokarski for those who’re actually determined for begins. The Devils have been down 6-0 after two intervals, however then the youth stormed again outscoring the Pens 6-1 within the third interval to make it shut. This loss formally eradicated them from playoff competition.

Jeff Carter scored his first objective with the Penguins, assisted by linemate Jared McCann. Carter could also be previous his prime, however McCann is simply in the course of his. Nonetheless, McCann’s house owners might wish to promote excessive this offseason, as this season’s breakout seems to be extra about some puck luck than McCann himself hitting a brand new degree. He is over a 60-point full-season tempo proper now regardless of by no means earlier than even pacing for 45, and we have now had 350 profession video games to see what he’s. If his ice time jumped into the 18-minute vary from the present 13-minute mark, then I might need some religion in him protecting these numbers up, however the manufacturing is buoyed by McCann racking up numbers whereas the Penguins cope with accidents. He is a 45-point participant that thrives on the powerplay and might go on hot streaks when taking part in up within the lineup.


Plainly in the previous couple of days everybody has caught on to simply how wonderful of a season Roope Hintz is having. He’s scoring over a 90-point tempo regardless of drawing out and in of the lineup attributable to accidents. He is additionally nonetheless 50 video games away from his breakout threshold, so this will likely not simply be a blip. Him and Jason Robertson are going to be a duo to personal for the following variety of years. Robertson managed to notch a pair objectives even with out Hintz within the lineup.

Neither Hintz nor Miro Heiskanen performed final night time attributable to higher physique accidents. With Dallas taking part in for his or her playoff lives and each level mattering, it should be one thing a little bit bit extra irksome to be holding the 2 younger weapons out.

My opponent in considered one of my deeper cap leagues added Joel Hanley yesterday afternoon. I personal him in one other league as a depth minors piece, and he is serviceable as an damage fill-in who will deliver a few peripheral stats each sport. Hanley had been a scratch his final two video games for the Stars, however fortuitously for the opposite GM, the Heiskanen damage meant Hanley drew into the lineup and notched an help. It is that point of yr the place we do not know if depth guys are taking part in, AHL guys are getting tryouts, and accidents are piling up. Preserve an ear to the bottom and ensure your pickups are literally energetic.


In case you personal a couple of Detroit gamers, or if a few of their higher choices are floating round in your free-agent swimming pools, the Crimson Wings are price keeping track of. The ultimate day of some leagues is Could 2nd, and they’re a part of the one sport scheduled that day. The primary Sunday in Could that includes the Crimson Wings vs the Lightning is the one day left on the unique NHL calendar with a single sport.


The Canucks continued to battle with the Leafs, however they regarded drained heading into the latter half of the sport, and burdened the fatigue issue throughout intermission interviews. They could have proven effectively on this two-game stint in opposition to the Leafs, however with 15 video games left they’re going to tire shortly. Stacking Ottawa and Calgary gamers in opposition to them could be the higher strategy to go though the Sens and Flames have fewer video games remaining on the schedule. Antoine Roussel and Jayce Hawryluk have been additionally shaken up within the sport, so the lineup could also be even thinner subsequent sport.

Rasmus Sandin performed his second sport of the season, coming back from a damaged foot, whereas Travis Dermott sat as a wholesome scratch. These two would have needed to flip-flop backwards and forwards the remainder of the best way, however Zach Bogosian left with an damage partway by the sport and didn’t return. That opens up a slot for each to play on the third pairing. Sandin has the upper ceiling of the 2, however quarter-hour of ice time received’t be fairly sufficient for him to actually shine.


Anthony Stolarz has been seeing the brunt of the begins of late, and has been adjusting pretty effectively. He could be a greater possibility than each Tokarski and Wedgewood, although within the West Division the matchups closely dictate the consolation degree with beginning Stolarz.

Alexander Volkov is getting an amazing audition alongside Ryan Getzlaf. He didn’t get numerous alternative with the Lightning, however he has 5 factors in 10 video games with the Geese, and has even seen his ice time and energy play alternatives improve of late. If a possible 40-point winger has worth in your league subsequent yr, he’s price a glance.


With the Seattle Kraken Growth Draft now precisely three months away, and the commerce deadline completed and gone, I needed to run by team-by-team to see if there are any surefire conditions the place fantasy managers can get a bounce on alternatives.

Anaheim Geese

The rebuilding Geese can have a couple of depth defencemen and younger forwards obtainable. This may very well be a possibility for somebody like Max Jones, Sam Steel, or Jacob Larsson to realize a much bigger position, however there is no positive factor right here.

Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes have a glut of pending UFAs, particularly on defence, which makes their alternatives simpler. It additionally means gamers like Kyle Capobianco, Adin Hill, and Brayden Burke might need a neater time stepping into video games subsequent yr.

That being stated, at the very least yet one more defenceman must be signed for the Coyotes to satisfy their publicity necessities. Keep watch over who they signal and who will get that third safety slot on defence behind Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Jakob Chychrun.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins stand to lose a very good participant (doubtless both Nick Ritchie or Jeremy Lauzon), and with a small window left to make the most of the Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand period, I might see them swinging a facet cope with Seattle and shifting their first for the Kraken to take John Moore or one thing related.

Buffalo Sabres

I’ve had Colin Miller penciled in as the choice from Buffalo for a long time now. He simply makes an excessive amount of sense because the doubtless greatest participant the Sabres go away unprotected, and as an growth workforce veteran that may play at each ends of the ice. Being a UFA on the finish of the 2021-22 season is not a nasty factor for Seattle both. It makes him a moveable asset on the deadline, and ensures they’d nonetheless have cap and roster flexibility. Miller put up profession numbers his first yr in Vegas, and may very well be in for a little bit of a bump if he lands in Seattle.

Calgary Flames

There are two major questions right here: first, do the Flames want to guard a soon-to-be 38-year-old Mark Giordano? Second, does Milan Lucic waive his no-movement clause (NMC)? The choices change primarily based on the solutions to these two questions, but it surely does appear like dropping Mikael Backlund or Dillon Dube is a risk. Seattle would doubtless choose the youthful possibility if he is there for them. It is also attainable that they find yourself drafting a mission on defence suck as Oliver Kylington.

It seems that Juuso Valimaki can be exempt from the draft attributable to lacking all the 2019-20 season with an damage, which is an enormous win for Calgary.

Carolina Hurricanes

If Dougie Hamilton shouldn’t be re-signed earlier than the draft, Carolina’s safety record turns into infinitely simpler to kind out. Ex-NYRs Brady Skjei and Jesper Fast then turn out to be probably the most attractive choices doubtless left obtainable. Skjei has been a multi-cat beast this season, and with some added minutes and duty he might see these numbers proceed to extend. This is able to additionally doubtless release some ice for Jake Bean to see his numbers improve subsequent season.

Chicago Blackhawks

Below the idea that Brent Seabrook waives his NMC, the Blackhawks do not go away a lot unprotected aside from Riley Stillman. The sophomore has slotted into the Chicago lineup effectively post-trade, and has been racking up peripherals. He is an underrated asset in deeper multi-category leagues, and may very well be the perfect choice possibility from the re-tooling Hawks.

Colorado Avalanche

Is the Seattle draft holding up a Gabriel Landeskog extension? I had a dialogue with considered one of my cap leagues, and we settled on a six-year deal round a $7 million cap hit making probably the most sense for the 28-year-old captain. No matter he finally ends up agreeing to, it looks as if a foregone conclusion that GM Joe Sakic will get one thing completed. Nonetheless, crossing the ‘T’s on the deal after the growth draft would imply that the Avalanche might shield Andre Burakovsky as a substitute (identical factor with Philipp Grubauer and Pavel Francouz). One other assumption to make is that Erik Johnson waives his NMC for the draft, as the possibilities he will get chosen are slim. This is able to permit the Avs to maintain their top-four defencemen out of the draft, and in the long run simply lose a depth ahead. A contemporary begin for Tyson Jost or Valeri Nichushkin might see an enormous manufacturing improve if the minutes are there.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The selections for the Blue Jackets are pretty simple, and the final safety slot will doubtless boil all the way down to considered one of Gustav Nyquist or Eric Robinson. For those who’re the Seattle GM, would you favor a 25-year-old winger who has thrived in restricted minutes and chipped in offensively regardless of taking part in a defensive position this season, or would you lean in direction of beginning the inaugural season with a 32-year-old, one-dimensional winger who’s coming off of main shoulder surgical procedure and hasn’t performed a sport since March of 2020? Personally, I’d roll the cube with Robinson until Columbus is including a sweetener for me to tackle Nyquist. If Nyquist does find yourself in Seattle, he needs to be of their top-six and on their prime powerplay, however each choices are dangerous in the interim in fantasy leagues.

Dallas Stars

The choice for Seattle right here is prone to come all the way down to both Jason Dickinson or Anton Khudobin. The Stars could be greatest served by attaching a 3rd to Khudobin to make sure he will get chosen, and being completed with the potential for a three-headed goalie monster. Dickinson has additionally grown this season whereas different members of the ahead core have been out with accidents. See in case your league is deep sufficient to be price inserting Dickinson into your lineup in the interim, as he confirmed flashes of becoming in on a scoring line.

Detroit Crimson Wings

Some groups simply aren’t going to offer Seattle a lot, and the choice is simply going to come back all the way down to who their scouts see a shred of potential in. With a couple of good goaltending choices elsewhere, the Kraken might see Kaden Fulcher choice as a possibility so as to add some goaltending depth to the system. Nonetheless, wanting again to Vegas we will see that they efficiently cornered the market on depth defencemen that season and reaped numerous additional draft picks for his or her troubles. Seattle might go down an identical street, and Christian Djoos would match that effectively. No matter who they choose from Detroit, do not count on a lot out of them.

Edmonton Oilers

One other workforce with out sufficient depth to supply the Kraken a lot (except for UFAs). Having to guard Darnell Nurse, Oscar Klefbom (who does not record as being exempt but, however that may change as soon as he formally misses all the season), and Ethan Bear, the Oilers find yourself leaving Caleb Jones open for choice. With Seattle doubtless eager to overload on defencemen, that is smart for them. Jones doubtless will not be in line for a top-six position although, so do not get your hopes up.

Florida Panthers

With Chris Driedger as a UFA and Spencer Knight exempt, the Panthers’ crowded goalie pipeline is spared from having to juggle with facet offers for additional safety. There are nonetheless fairly fascinating choices for Seattle on the remainder of the roster although, with the most definitely choice being Radko Gudas. On an affordable contract for 2 extra seasons, Gudas could be a wonderful add for the Kraken. He is second within the NHL in hits with over 200 already, and that is whereas taking part in underneath 18 minutes per sport. On an growth workforce he might common over 5 hits per sport!

Los Angeles Kings

The Kings aren’t ok to make the playoffs, however they’re ok to have some robust roster choices. In the event that they go away any of their top-four defencemen unprotected then that will be the plain choice. Barring a side-deal right here, the Kings then stand to lose a ahead. Blake Lizotte, Brendan Lemieux, Carl Grundstrom, and Lias Andersson might all profit from some added alternative, and the percentages are good that considered one of them finally ends up shifting North alongside the coast.

Minnesota Wild

I’ve a sense that Zach Parise and Ryan Suter assist the workforce out by waiving their NMCs after which threatening to retire in the event that they get chosen (solely Parise is admittedly obligatory, however they seem to be a package deal deal at this level). If they do not, then Minnesota could be giving up top-of-the-line gamers within the growth draft. I’ll assume they do or {that a} facet deal is labored out to maintain the skaters intact. That leaves Cam Talbot because the odd man out, and the long run 1A for Seattle.

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal has a complete bunch of contracts that I do not know if Seattle would tackle. If Shea Weber (a B.C native) is left unprotected after which retires after two seasons with Seattle, he would truly hand the Kraken a cap profit for a couple of years as a result of intricacies of the cap-recapture nonsense. Would Seattle take him on for some veteran moxie and the prospect to have a better cap than the remainder of the NHL for a couple of years? It is an fascinating idea (or at the very least I discover it fascinating).

If Jonathan Drouin is left unprotected, is that contract too onerous for a participant on tempo for 4 objectives? Do the Canadiens re-sign any of their UFAs earlier than the growth draft (they’ve a couple of high-profile choices)? Do they make a facet deal to guard Jake Allen as effectively? I feel at the very least the reply to that final query is sure, that means the choice could be a skater. Possibly Seattle takes on Paul Byron for the value of a draft choose and Jesse Ylonen or Jan Mysak.

Preserve an eye fixed and attempt to learn between the strains on the contracts and the roster shuffling round Montreal. There may very well be bounceback and fresh-start alternatives aplenty.

Nashville Predators

David Poile wasn’t afraid to make the daring transfer and shield Calle Jarnkrok over James Neal within the final growth draft, and doing one thing related makes much more sense this time round. Each Matt Duchene and Ryan Johansen may very well be left unprotected with out doubtless being chosen attributable to their anchor contracts. Assuming the top-four are protected on defence, which means Colton Sissons is probably going the odd man out on ahead. His price certainty and flexibility could be a boon for Seattle. I like his outlook out from underneath John Hynes, he has an additional gear or two of manufacturing that he can attain in a contemporary state of affairs.

New Jersey Devils

There is not any profit to defending P.K. Subban, and it isn’t just like the Devils have a lot to supply outdoors of their safety record in any other case. Seattle doubtless takes this chance to swing on 23-year-old former first rounder Michael McLeod.

New York Islanders

Sticking with the ‘former first-rounder with offensive upside’ possibility, Michael Dal Colle may very well be the choose from the Islanders. Different choices could be Scott Mayfield, a excessive draft choose connected to Matt Martin/Leo Komarov, or considered one of their UFAs. Lou Lamoriello being who he’s although will doubtless discover a strategy to unload Komarov to Seattle, utilizing that cap house to re-sign Kyle Palmieri.

New York Rangers

The truth that the Rangers have Adam Fox, Kaapo Kakko, Igor Shesterkin, Alexis Lafreniere, Vitali Kravstov, Zach Jones, and K’Andre Miller exempted from the Seattle growth is simply unfair.

Their roster is constructed to perfection to get round growth unscathed, and to get a bit spicy, I feel they’ll win their division title subsequent season (no matter who shuffles into their division). They stand to lose a fringe participant, with the most suitable choice being Julien Gauthier, one other former first rounder. He hasn’t gotten the prospect to actually thrive but, however he has the expertise and hasn’t seen his growth stagnate.

Ottawa Senators

The Sens have choices in web (however will find yourself defending Matt Murray, solely two defencemen price defending, and Austin Watson as their solely ahead that meets publicity necessities. The straightforward answer is to commerce a goalie for a defenceman that one other workforce cannot shield (Stillman or Mayfield might match) after which signal Michael Amadio to an extension, making him the goal for Seattle. Amadio has proven effectively as a fourth line centre, and may very well be a dependable third line possibility at his peak. Coming from Ottawa that is nearly as good as you are going to get.

If Seattle pivots and makes use of considered one of Ottawa’s goalies as considered one of their major alternatives for his or her crease, then the fantasy worth for somebody like Joey Daccord might see a bounce.

Philadelphia Flyers

In an effort to maintain up in a younger man’s world, I feel the Flyers want to guard all of Oskar Lindblom, Scott Laughton, and Nolan Patrick. As a result of their ahead depth although, which means leaving James van Reimsdyk and – bear with me – Jakub Voracek unprotected. If the core of this workforce goes to remain intact and aggressive, then dropping a type of two high-priced forwards is a obligatory evil. Seattle might want to attain the cap flooring, and so far as giant contracts go, Voracek’s is at the very least considerably affordable.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins do not go away so much uncovered for Seattle, and there actually are no defenceman with any form of upside apart from Mike Matheson who’s going to be overpaid till 2026. Meaning the Kraken can be filling out a depth ahead slot with somebody like Sam Lafferty or Teddy Blueger. Nothing to see right here.

San Jose Sharks

The Sharks must signal a couple of extra extensions for eligible forwards to be uncovered, however until they make a commerce or two earlier than the growth draft then there will not be anybody price grabbing up entrance (any why would they make commerce simply to lose that participant). Meaning the most definitely choice that we’re is Radim Simek. The rugged 28-year-old is signed at an affordable cap hit of $2.25M per yr till 2024.

If Simek was to be drafted by Seattle, I feel he will get flipped elsewhere and by no means performs a sport for the Kraken. Will probably be third-pairing minutes wherever he goes. There’s some mileage there for somebody although, plus some fantasy worth in leagues that depend peripherals.

St. Louis Blues

Justin Faulk‘s contract protects him from growth, that means the Blues can nonetheless shield seven forwards and haven’t got to fret about dropping a key piece on the again finish. They are going to nonetheless be dropping considered one of Sammy Blais or Oscar Sundqvist, and normally the centres are valued extra extremely so Blais needs to be left as Kraken bait. Whether or not he performs on St. Louis or Seattle although, do not count on greater than a 3rd line position.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning are going to lose a very good participant, and I might see this being the form of state of affairs the place each groups discover a win-win state of affairs. Everybody within the public sphere needs Washington State native Tyler Johnson to finish up in Seattle, however primarily based solely on the safety lists, Johnson would not be one of many first half-a-dozen greatest choices obtainable from the Lightning. Nonetheless, the Lightning can lose a pair items and prove advantageous, however what in addition they must do is shed wage. If the Lightning have been to present the Kraken Yanni Gourde and a prospect resembling Cal Foote, for the value of choosing Tyler Johnson, each groups might stroll away winners.

The Lightning proceed to churn by their unbelievable franchise depth at ahead, whereas not dropping considered one of their core items. They release $10M in cap house with which they will re-sign a few of their UFAs, and their lineup nonetheless seems to be formidable:

Palat – Level – Kucherov

Killorn – Cirelli – Stamkos

Coleman – Stephens – Goodrow

Colton – Joseph – Maroon


Hedman – Cernak

McDonagh – Sergachev

Rutta – Borgman

Vasilevsky – FA goalie

It is attainable that Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow get priced out of city although, so strive getting in on among the depth gamers like Matthew Joseph and Ross Colton (he of the 6th highest p/60 metric within the NHL) earlier than their worth goes up as lineup spots open.

On the West coast, Seattle then will get an area participant and two-thirds of a prime line, plus they add a defenceman with a higher-ceiling than can be obtainable elsewhere. Johnson’s contract may even look so much much less like an anchor when he is getting prime line minutes and all of the powerplay time he can deal with.

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Leafs stand to lose considered one of Alex Kerfoot, Justin Holl, or Travis Dermott. Dermott and Kerfoot would doubtless see an elevated position if chosen, but it surely’s additionally attainable that Kyle Dubas dips into the prospect pool that he did not have to the touch on the deadline and flips a better worth asset to Seattle in change for taking a lesser participant off the roster. One thing alongside the strains of Filip Hallander or Timothy Liljegren in order that Seattle takes Pierre Engvall.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks actually don’t have anything good to supply Seattle. That is going to be the form of factor the place Seattle takes an AHL participant or a UFA and nothing modifications for both workforce. If it finally ends up being the lately acquired Matthew Highmore, then his worth goes down as a result of Seattle will doubtless have extra competitors for the bottom-six ahead slots than there’s in Vancouver.

Washington Capitals

The Capitals have two good younger goalies this season, and considered one of them can be obtainable for Seattle. Vitek Vanecek will make a wonderful 1B possibility in web with Cam Talbot, and might slowly take one a better workload as Talbot ages and will get phased out.

Winnipeg Jets

The selection from the Jets doubtless comes all the way down to Mason Appleton or Tucker Poolman. Sticking with the idea from earlier that Seattle will lean in direction of defencemen when obtainable, Poolman or Beaulieu might make numerous sense, however Poolman is a UFA and Beaulieu has a really low ceiling. That might then make it very doubtless that Seattle might flip a defenceman or two again to Winnipeg for some extra picks. Mason Appleton is the opposite possibility, however he must be within the top-six someplace and there doubtless is not room there with both Winnipeg or Seattle.


This is my closing sketch of the potential Seattle roster:


Gourde – T. Johnson – Voracek

Nyquist – Dickinson – Jost

Sissons – Lizotte – Blais

Lafferty – Amadio – Byron


Minors: Highmore, Gauthier, Komarov (Buyout?), Appleton


Skjei – Gudas

Stillman – C. Miller

Larsson – Foote

Minors: Kylington, Simek, C. Jones, Moore, Djoos, Liljegren


Talbot – Vanecek

Minors: Hill

This roster hits all the positional and contractual minimums, and is simply above the cap flooring earlier than all the RFAs are signed. An affordable mixture of scoring and grit, youth and veterans. Seattle will not doubtless have a look at all like this, but it surely provides an thought of what is obtainable and what sort of gamers may stand to learn throughout the league.


Any questions, feedback, or criticisms on my Seattle ideas, stick them within the feedback, or discover me on Twitter @alexdmaclean. Within the meantime, keep secure!



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