Kraken adds Burakovsky, tries to build a winning culture in the second season
Following the NHL Draft, free agency and other off-season moves, NHL.com takes a look at where each team is heading into the 2022-23 regular season, which begins Oct. 7. Today, the Seattle Kraken:
Season 2021-22: 27-49-6, eighth in the Pacific Division; did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs
Andre BurakovskyF: The 27-year-old signed a five-year contract on July 13 after winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche last season. He had an NHL career-high 61 points (22 goals, 39 assists) in 80 regular season games and eight points (three goals, five assists) in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He also won the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals in 2018. … Olivier BjorkstrandF: The 27-year-old was acquired in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 22. He had an NHL career-high 57 points (28 goals, 29 assists) with an average ice time of 17:57 per game, third among Columbus Forwards, in 80 regular-season games last season. … justin schultzD: The 32-year-old agreed to a two-year deal on July 13. He had 23 points (four goals, 19 assists) in 74 regular season games last season with the Capitals and three points (one goal, two assists) in six postseason games. Schultz won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016 and 2017. … Martin JonesG: The 32-year-old signed a one-year contract on July 13. It should replace Philippe Grubauer while Chris Driedger is recovering from surgery he underwent in June to repair a torn ACL (he is expected to miss at least the first three months of the season). In 35 games (33 starts) with the Philadelphia Flyers last season, Jones was 12-18-3 with a 3.42 goals-against average and .900 save percentage.
Riley Sheahan, F: An unrestricted free agent, he had 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 69 regular-season games last season. … Daniel Sprong, F: Acquired in a trade with the Capitals on March 21, he did not receive a qualifying offer and became an unrestricted free agent on July 13. Sprong had six goals in 16 games with the Kraken last season and 20 points (14 goals, six assists) in 63 regular season games with Washington and Seattle. … Victor Rask, F: Acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Wild on March 21, the unrestricted free agent had 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 47 regular season games with Minnesota and Seattle.
Matty BeniersF: The 19-year-old was the No. 2 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, the first selection in Kraken history. He had nine points (three goals, six assists) in 10 games for Seattle last season after signing a three-year, entry-level contract April 10 following the end of his second season at the University of Michigan. … Shane Wright, F: The 18-year-old was selected 4th overall in the 2022 NHL Draft and signed a three-year entry-level contract on July 13. He had 94 points (32 goals, 62 assists) in 63 regular season games with Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League last season and 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 11 playoff games. … Alexandre True, F: The 25-year-old signed a one-year bilateral contract on July 12. He had no points in eight games with Seattle last season and led Charlotte of the American Hockey League with 42 points (18 goals, 24 assists) in 60 regular season games.
What they still need
Penalty assist. The Kraken are building from the ground up to enter their second season and have brought in key elements that should help establish a winning culture, but although Bjorkstrand (19 power play points last season), Burakovsky (11) and Schultz (five ) should spice up a power play that was the fourth-worst in the NHL last season (14.6 percent), the three combined for 8:08 of shorthanded ice time. They won’t do much to revive a penalty kill that was tied for 30th in the League (Vancouver Canucks, 74.9%).
They said it
“There’s some exciting young talent in Seattle with Matty just signing Shane. The goal for us going into the season is to be very competitive early on, go out there and push and push. for the playoffs. The goal is to make the playoffs and compete for the Stanley Cup.” — forward brandon tanev
Beniers is likely to play on the front row after an impressive start for Seattle last season, leading NHL rookies in points per game (0.90, 10-game minimum). Beniers is the highest-ranked rookie (126) in NHL.com’s top 250 and is gaining fantastic appeal with the additions of Bjorkstrand and Burakovsky. Beniers should be considered one of the top 125 fantasy players overall as the Kraken look to build on their inaugural season. — Anna Doua
André Burakovsky — Matty Beniers — Oliver Bjorkstrand
Jaden Schwartz — Alex Wennberg — Jordan Eberle
Jared McCann — Yanni Water Bottle — Karson Kuhlman
Brandon Tanev — morgan geek — Jonas Donskoy
Vince Dun — Adam Larson
Jamie Oleksiak –Justin Schultz
Carson Soucy –William Borgen