Welcome to the first of three main events of the 2021 offseason. In about an hour, the Seattle Kraken will begin to announce their inaugural roster. We will find out which member of the New Jersey Devils they will take. We will learn about what side deals teams have made with Seattle. We will begin to identify who was not picked but exposed and wonder if General Manager Tom Fitzgerald should inquire about those players. It all starts tonight. This is your Open Post for it.
The Time: 8:00 PM ET
The Broadcast: TV - ESPN2, Sportsnet 1, SN NOW, TVAS
The Preview: I wrote up a preview this morning for tonight’s Expansion Draft with a Devils slant to it because this is All About the Jersey, where we are all about the New Jersey Devils. Please check it out before the Expansion Draft begins if you have not done so.
The Exposed Devils: One more time, this is whom the Devils have exposed for tonight’s draft. One member has been taken among this group:
- Forwards: Andreas Johnsson, Nathan Bastian, Nick Merkley, Marian Studenic, Ben Street, Brandon Gignac, Brett Seney, AJ Greer, Christoph Bertschy (rights), Ivan Khomutov (rights)
- Defensemen: P.K. Subban, Ryan Murray, Will Butcher, Connor Carrick, Matt Tennyson, David Quenneville, Josh Jacobs, Colton White, Colby Sissons
- Goaltenders: Scott Wedgewood, Evan Cormier, Aaron Dell
The Leaked Pick: Per Chris Johnston at Sportsnet, the picked player from New Jersey is Nathan Bastian. This will be made official tonight.
The Intrigue: With most of the Seattle roster leaked out (a result of Seattle needing to submit their selection list earlier today and inform all of the players, their agents, and their teams of said selections), the remaining intrigue will be about the trades. That will not be revealed until tonight. Did the Devils make a deal to have Bastian be the selection? Maybe not. Did other teams make deals? Maybe so. Could it lead for an opportunity for the Devils to take advantage? Probably. Plus, there’s this whole event that will make the announcements somewhat memorable.
The Song? for the Night: There are all kinds of songs about people leaving. But this is just Parker Cannon screaming “Now you’re gone” from “The Glass” by The Story So Far from the What You Don’t See album on loop for seven minutes and ten seconds. I plan to play this with every pick. I expect to be the only one to do so.
Your Turn: The rules are the same as always: no swearing, no streams, no nonsense like fake reports, trolling, or antagonizing others. If you cannot play nice, then you will not play at all. That all stated, this is your Open Post for the Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft. React to who Seattle picks (officially), which side deals are revealed, and what you want to happen next. Thank you for reading.