Kraken Are Facing Major Expectations

Published October 3, 2023 at 10:08 PM

In their second season, the Seattle Kraken proved they could compete with the best, staying near the top of the Pacific Division standings. They relied on the depth of their scoring, with standout performances from forward Jared McCann and defenseman Vince Dunn. Philipp Grubauer's exceptional goaltending helped them upset the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado in the playoffs before falling to Dallas in a thrilling Game 7.

Seattle's strengths lie in their balanced roster. While lacking a superstar, their top nine forwards and top two defensive pairings provide enviable depth. McCann's breakout season and the presence of Calder Trophy winner Matty Beniers on a line with McCann and Jordan Eberle offer promise. The return of scoring threat Andre Burakovsky from injury could further boost their offense.

However, the Kraken have shown weaknesses in the absence of a game-changing star. Their primary fourth-line lost key players in free agency, and there are concerns about Grubauer's inconsistent regular-season performances.

Despite the familiarity and experience within the team, Seattle's quiet free agency and potential regression in certain areas raise questions. The Pacific Division is highly competitive, but the Kraken aim to fight for a playoff spot.

One player to watch closely is goaltender Philipp Grubauer. While his regular-season metrics have been underwhelming, his playoff heroics demonstrated his potential. Seattle hopes for more consistent performances from Grubauer to justify their investment in him.

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Kraken Are Facing Major Expectations

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