Seattle Kraken will pick one of these 26 Canucks players in expansion draft

Jul 18 2021, 8:44 am

The Vancouver Canucks face one of the NHL’s funniest possible dilemmas: they aren’t set to lose a key player off their roster to the Seattle Kraken in the NHL’s upcoming expansion draft.

That being said, it’s because, well, the Canucks don’t really have anybody that would hurt to lose in the expansion draft.

With the NHL releasing the league-wide protections and exposure lists on Sunday morning, chatter began immediately about which Vancouver player will be on the move southbound to the team’s newest rival.

Here’s who it seems Seattle will most likely be plucking from the Canucks in the expansion draft, which will take place on Wednesday:

1. Kole Lind

Age: 22

Cap hit: Unsigned (RFA)

2021 stats: 7 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 PTs

After being taken by the Canucks in the second round of the 2017 draft, 22-year-old Kole Lind is certainly looking like a “AAAA” player: one who is too good for the AHL, but struggles to make an impact on an NHL roster.

Then again, he’s just seven games into his NHL career. Losing him wouldn’t really hurt Vancouver, though it’s hard to see him cracking Seattle’s top 12 forwards either.

2. Zack McEwen

Age: 25

Cap hit: $825k (2022 RFA)

2021 stats: 34 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 PTS

Zack McEwen doesn’t offer much at the offensive level for Vancouver, but he does come with a relatively cheap contract. It’s hard to see Seattle really biting on taking on McEwen, but perhaps they’re looking for a little NHL experience to round out their roster.

3. Jonah Gadjovich

Age:  22

Cap hit: $783k (2022 RFA)

2021 stats: 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 PTS, 17 PIM.

Jonah Gadjovich has the resume of a prospect that could be an NHL fit, and none of the top-level experience to show it. A second-round pick who made the USA World Junior team back in 2018, Gadjovich has played just one game for the Canucks in his career to date.

The full list of players is below:

Available to Seattle

Forwards

  • Sven Baertschi
  • Justin Bailey
  • Jay Beagle
  • Travis Boyd
  • Loui Eriksson
  • Jonah Gadjovich
  • Tyler Graovac
  • Jayce Hawryluk
  • Matthew Highmore
  • Lukas Jasek
  • Kole Lind
  • Zack MacEwen
  • Petrus Palmu
  • Antoine Roussel
  • Brandon Sutter
  • Jimmy Vesey
  • Jake Virtanen

Defencemen

  • Madison Bowey
  • Guillaume Brisebois
  • Jalen Chatfield
  • Alexander Edler
  • Travis Hamonic
  • Brogan Rafferty
  • Ashton Sautner
  • Josh Teves

Goalie

  • Braden Holtby

Protected players by Vancouver

Forwards

  • Brock Boeser
  • Jason Dickinson
  • Bo Horvat
  • J.T. Miller
  • Tyler Motte
  • Tanner Pearson
  • Elias Pettersson

Defencemen

  • Olli Juolevi
  • Tyler Myers
  • Nate Schmidt

Goalie

  • Thatcher Demko
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