Seattle mock expansion draft

I've ran a couple mock Seattle expansion drafts. You can too with CapFriendly's expansion draft tool.

I'm sure some of these guys will NOT be selected due to side deals and others will probably be picked and immediately flipped. I'm not Ron Francis, so I have no idea. I'll just draft the best team I can with (mostly) younger guys with upside and underrated NHL players, good contracts or deals that expire within the next year, and build a team that finishes 20 points ahead of Anaheim and San Jose, no big deal.

Forwards (former team in parenthesis) - 15/14

James van Riemsdyk (PHI)

Jonathan Drouin (MTL)

Max Domi (CBJ)

Yanni Gourde (TB)

Joonas Donskoi (COL)

Leo Komarov (NYI)

Jared McCann (TOR)

Calle Jarnkrok (NSH)

Brendan Lemieux (LAK)

Christian Fischer (ARI)

Blake Comeau (DAL)

Ryan Carpenter (CHI)

Nate Bastian (NJD)

Julien Gauthier (NYR)

Ryan Donato (SJS)

Analysis: I don't think there's a lot of good goal scorers available, and a lot of the higher priced forwards have their own warts. James van Riemsdyk is probably a safe bet to have his typical JvR type of seasons over the final two years of his contract and was the most expensive player I took. Drouin was the toughest pick for me, but I didn't really love Montreal's options and I'm gambling that he bounces back to form. I feel like Domi, Gourde, Donskoi, and McCann are automatic, no-brainer picks, although your mileage may vary on which Lightning forward you prefer. I'm guessing Komarov is the Isles pick as Lou surrenders a 3rd round pick to move the final year of that deal. I really wanted to put Ryan Johansen on this team, but I think there's too many years remaining on that deal for Nashville to attach sweeteners to it, so I went with Jarnkrok. The rest is a mismash of bottom of the lineup forwards, although I guess Gauthier has "expanded role" upside and Bastian can be a fourth line mainstay. I'd expect guys like Donato, Comeau, Jarnkrok, Lemieux, Fischer, and Carpenter to potentially be flipped, but a few of them should stick around to fill out the lineup.

Defensemen - 12/9

Mark Giordano (CGY)

Marcus Pettersson (PIT)

Brendan Dillon (WSH)

Dylan DeMelo (WPG)

Troy Stecher (DET)

Haydn Fleury (ANA)

Joshua Brown (OTT)

Connor Clifton (BOS)

Madison Bowey (VAN)

Will Borgen (BUF)

Jake Bean (CAR)

Vince Dunn (STL)

Analysis: I think this is where the meat and potatoes of the draft is for Francis and his team and the area he needs to exploit. Giordano is a no-brainer pick and could be the first captain in franchise history, although I'd probably flip him. Pettersson is a solid middle pairing defenseman who is signed for 4 years. Dillon and DeMelo are analytics darlings who I'd probably keep if I were them. Francis has familiarity with Jake Bean and Haydn Fleury, which is why I went in that direction, and I'll keep banging the "Vince Dunn is good" drum. Most importantly, a lot of these guys are on reasonable, team-friendly deals, so I'd expect to see some combination of these guys immediately flipped and Seattle loads up on future draft capital while keeping the guys they want.

Goaltenders - 3/3

Chris Driedger (FLA)

Kappo Kahkonen (MIN)

Alex Stalock (EDM)

Analysis: It looks like they're gonna go with Driedger as their starter, or at least as their Florida pick, so for that reason, I'm avoiding a lot of the other higher priced goaltenders available. Kahkonen is my backup with upside pick, while Stalock is my AHL 3rd option AKA I had to take someone from Edmonton pick. The only other goaltender I was really intrigued with was Vanecek from the Capitals, but taking Dillon was too good to pass up.

Cap Hit: 73.8M for this season, per CapFriendly's tool. I'm assuming they're accounting for new deals for Driedger and the four RFAs on my roster. More importantly, they're roughly 8M under the cap for their inaugural season and only have 34.3M in commitments for the 2022-23 season, so they have plenty of flexibility going forward.

Final Thoughts: If I get 10 of these right, I'll be amused. If I get 15, I'll be surprised. If I get 20 or more, I should probably be working for a team and not posting on this website. It would also mean Ron Francis and his team are as smart as I am, which, good for him.

How would you do things differently? I've done a couple of these and have settled on this as the combination of 30 players I like best, although as I mentioned, I'd expect a few of them to ultimately not be selected, either because Ron Francis makes a mistake or he's paid to stay away from certain guys. Let me know what you think in the comments and thanks for reading.

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