On Wednesday night, the Seattle Kraken – the NHL’s 32nd franchise – will reveal the 30 players they chose in this week’s expansion draft. The question in these parts is this: Who will get scooped up out of Ottawa by the roaming tentacles of the Kraken?
As Seattle begins play this fall, the league has allowed them to choose one player from every franchise, except the Vegas Golden Knights. When the Knights joined the NHL as a 2017 expansion team, owner Bill Foley gave the league 500 million good reasons to let them be exempt from this draft. But every other team has been preparing for this for a long time, including the Senators, who didn’t want a repeat of 2017 when they lost Marc Methot to Vegas. Whether by design or fortunate timing, the Senators seem to be in very good shape, not likely to lose a true, impact player this time around.
Here are the three Ottawa Senators most likely to end up in Seattle this week.
Winger Evgenii Dadonov
Centre Chris Tierney
Goalie Matt Murray
No matter how this plays out, Senators’ GM Pierre Dorion has done his job here. Not only will the Senators not have to surrender another player as impactful as Methot, but there’s a decent chance they get out from under a bad contract to help them get creative and do other things…like maybe, I don’t know, sign Brady Tkachuk.
A win-win in Ottawa.