So much for that.
What was supposed to be an exciting, thrilling evening turned out to be a failure. Ahead of Wednesday night’s Seattle Kraken NHL expansion draft, every choice – except for the Red Wings’ – has been leaked.
Why did this happen? Well, every selected player – plus their agent and front office – was informed of the choice, meaning “leaks were inevitable,” according to Arpon Basu of The Athletic.
And the leaks came in numbers.
Today’s biggest story was that Kraken chose to pass on goalkeeper Carey Price. The 33-year-old just led Montreal to the Stanley Cup final and dropped his non-move clause to ease a potential move. However, Kraken continued his injury risk and a hit of $ 10.5 million over the next five years instead of choosing Cale Fleury.
Another surprising development was that Seattle chose to pass on Vladimir Tarasenko instead of taking Vince Dunn from the Blues. The 29-year-old freight forwarder requested a deal, but with shoulder problems and a cap-hit of $ 7.5 million for another two years, St. Louis keep him and try to swap him for assets.
The Islanders allowed Kraken to take Jordan Eberle, who could possibly end up being Seattle’s most talented forward. Seattle captured Eberle over Josh Bailey after the Isles chose to protect fourth lines Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck.
There is a good chance that the islanders traded assets, so Kraken was forced to take Eberle, according to The Athletic, which means that Lou Lamoriello and his $ 23.6 million in cap space – if Eberle is actually chosen – could have a great signing or trade in mind.
In other local news, Rangers lose Colin Blackwell, and the Devils lose Nathan Bastian. The octopus will also catch Will Borgen from the Sabers.
There were other notable omissions – like Jakub Voracek and James van Riemsdyk from the Flyers, Ryan Johansen and Matt Duchene from the Predators, until the free agent Gabriel Landeskog from the avalanche, Malcolm Subban from the Blackhawks, Jake Bean from the Hurricanes and some talented players from the Lightning – which meant that Kraken is focusing on maintaining space for wage caps in the coming years.
“The only thing we think is extremely, extremely important in this environment is racing space,” Kraken CEO Ron Francis told Sportsnet before the expansion draft.
Below is a list of each player that Kraken reportedly picks on Wednesday night:
Anaheim Ducks: D Haydn Fleury (via Pierre LeBrun by TSN)
Arizona Coyotes: F Tyler Pitlick (via Craig Morgan from the NHL Network)
Boston Bruins: D Jeremy Lauzon (via Chris Johnston of Hockey Night in Canada)
Buffalo Sabers: D Will Borgen (via Lance Lysowski of Buffalo News)
Calgary Flames: D Mark Giordano (via Salim Nadim Valji by TSN)
Carolina Hurricanes: F Morgan Geekie (via Pierre LeBrun by TSN)
Chicago Blackhawks: F. John Quenneville (via Mark Spector by Sportsnet)
Colorado Avalanche: K Joonas Donskoi (via Ryan S. Clark by The Athletic)
Columbus Blue Jackets: D Gavin Bayreuther (via Frank Seravalli by Daily Faceoff)
Dallas Stars: D Jamie Oleksiak (via Frank Seravalli by Daily Faceoff)
Detroit Red Wings: Troy Stecher or Dennis Cholowski are the likely choices (via Helene St. James of Detroit Free Press)
Edmonton Oilers: D Adam Larsson (via Associated Press)
Florida Panthers: G Chris Driedger (via Associated Press)
Los Angeles Kings: D Kurtis MacDermid (via Frank Seravalli by Daily Faceoff)
Minnesota Wild: D Carson Soucy (via Chris Johnston of Hockey Night in Canada)
Montreal Canadiens: D Cale Fleury (via Frank Seravalli by Daily Faceoff)
Nashville Predators: F Calle Jarnkrok (via Chris Johnston of Hockey Night in Canada)
New Jersey Devils: F Nathan Bastian (via Chris Johnston of Hockey Night in Canada)
New York Islanders: F Jordan Eberle (via Ryan Kennedy of The hockey news)
New York Rangers: F Colin Blackwell (via post)
Ottawa Senators: G Joey Daccord (via Frank Seravalli by Daily Faceoff)
Philadelphia Flyers: F Carsen Twarynski (via Frank Seravalli by Daily Faceoff)
Pittsburgh Penguins: F Brandon Tanev (via Frank Seravalli by Daily Faceoff)
San Jose Sharks: F Alexander True (via Pierre LeBrun by TSN)
St. Louis Blues: D Vince Dunn (via Frank Seravalli by Daily Faceoff)
Tampa Bay Lightning: F Yanni Gourde (via Frank Seravalli by Daily Faceoff)
Toronto Maple Leafs: F Jared McCann (via Frank Seravalli by Daily Faceoff)
Vancouver Canucks: F Kole Lind (via Rick Dhaliwal by The Athletic)
Washington Capitals: G Vitek Vanecek (via Frank Seravalli by Daily Faceoff)
Winnipeg Jets: F Mason Appleton (via Darren Dreger by TSN)