NHL Expansion Draft: Seattle Kraken list complete, home opens Oct. 23

Seattle Kraken’s introductory list is now official after they announced their choice of expansion plan Wednesday night. The NHL’s newest team home opener is on October 23 against the Vancouver Canucks.

Seattle’s blue line will boast a veteran presence after selecting Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames and Adam Larsson of the Edmonton Oilers. The 37-year-old Giordano had 26 points for the Flames as their captain last season, counting nine goals and 17 assists. Larsson, meanwhile, played in 56 games for the Oilers during the 2020-21 season and was on average just under 20 minutes of ice time.

Larsson was left unprotected ahead of Wednesday’s expansion plan, giving Kraken the chance to enter into contract negotiations, and the two sides were able to agree on a four-year deal with an annual value of $ 4 million, a source confirmed to AthleticsPierre LeBrun.

In front, the Kraken reinforced their offense by selecting Jordan Eberle of the New York Islanders. The 31-year-old winger sent off 16 goals and 17 assists last season and has three years left on his current contract and has an annual cap of $ 5.5 million.

Seattle also selected defender Jamie Oleksiak, 28, of the Dallas Stars. He had six goals and 14 points in 56 games with Dallas last season. A source confirmed to Athletics that Seattle has signed Oleksiak to a five-year deal with an AAV of $ 4.6 million. Other choices include Anaheim’s Haydn Fleury, Winnipeg’s Mason Appleton and Carolina’s Morgan Geekie.

But it was the available players that Seattle did not choose that created waves earlier on Wednesday, with sources confirming that Seattle would not choose Montreal’s Carey Price or Colorado’s pending unlimited free agent Gabriel Landeskog. Both players were left unprotected by their respective clubs.

Price, 33, dropped his non-motion clause over the weekend, but Kraken instead took defender Cale Fleury, Hayden’s brother, from Montreal.

Landeskog, who placed 20 goals, 32 assists and 52 points for Colorado this season, will be able to explore the free agency on July 28 or sign again with AVs.

Krakens’ season debut will be on October 12 against the Vegas Golden Knights, and their home opener is October 23 against the Vancouver Canucks.

Below is a list of all the selected Seattle players:

Anaheim Ducks: Haydn Fleury

Arizona Coyotes: Tyler Pitlick

Boston Bruins: Jeremy Lauzon

Buffalo Sabers: William Borgen

Calgary Flames: Mark Giordano

Carolina Hurricanes: Morgan Geekie

Chicago Blackhawks: John Quenneville

Colorado Avalanche: Joonas Donskoi

Columbus Blue Jackets: Gavin Bayreuther

Dallas Stars: Jamie Oleksiak

Detroit Red Wings: Dennis Cholowski

Edmonton Oilers: Adam Larsson

Florida Panthers: Chris Driedger

Los Angeles Kings: Kurtis MacDermid

Minnesota Wild: Carson Soucy

Montreal Canadiens: Cale Fleury

Nashville Predators: Calle Jarnkrok

New Jersey Devils: Nathan Bastian

New York Islanders: Jordan Eberle

New York Rangers: Colin Blackwell

Ottawa Senators: Joey Daccord

Philadelphia Flyers: Carsen Twarynski

Pittsburgh Penguins: Brandon Tanev

San Jose Sharks: Alexander True

St. Louis Blues: Vince Dunn

Tampa Bay Lightning: Yanni Gourde

Toronto Maple Leafs: Jared McCann

Vancouver Canucks: Kole Lind

Washington Capitals: Vitek Vanecek

Winnipeg Jets: Mason Appleton

Seattle will continue to add to its roster when it picks second place behind the Buffalo Sabers in the NHL draft on Friday. All trades that the team may have made in the expansion draft process will be closed / announced after the trade freeze has been lifted at This would be trades that Seattle has in place with other teams for players that it drafted on Wednesday, and will now turn somewhere other than trades made before the draft itself.

For more, follow Athletics‘s Expansion Draft for Live Blog and Choice Tracker.

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