The Seattle Kraken Have Officially Revealed Their Lineup

Published October 9, 2023 at 6:13 PM
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The Seattle Kraken are on the cusp of the regular season, with the opening night against the Vegas Golden Knights just hours away. The team's roster for the 2022-23 season has been unveiled, featuring a mix of familiar faces from their successful second-ever season and some new additions aimed at building on last year's 100-point performance.

While the Kraken's top lines and defensive pairs remain largely unchanged from the previous season, there are notable changes in the fourth line, a fresh face on the third defensive pair, and the backup goaltender position. Joey Daccord, who impressed with his AHL performance last season, will serve as the backup goalie behind Philipp Grubauer.

Forwards Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Brandon Tanev, Tye Kartye, and Kailer Yamamoto will form the fourth line. Kartye and Yamamoto, both showing promise during the preseason, are expected to provide the scoring that the departed fourth-liners left behind in free agency. General Manager Ron Francis also highlighted the potential contributions of Andre Burakovsky, Eeli Tolvanen, and Oliver Bjorkstrand to bolster the team's goal-scoring efforts.

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On the defensive end, two-time Stanley Cup winner Brian Dumoulin will reunite with former Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Justin Schultz on the third pair, with Jaycob Megna serving as the projected seventh defenseman.

The Kraken currently have 22 players on their roster, one shy of the maximum limit of 23. Francis explained that this strategy allows them to retain some cap space for potential future moves as the season progresses.

While only 20 players will dress on game nights, Coach Dave Hakstol emphasized the importance of the entire roster, including players not in the opening night lineup. He acknowledged that players like Ryker Evans, Shane Wright, Cale Fleury, John Hayden, and Chris Driedger, among others, will likely have opportunities to contribute throughout the season.

As the Kraken embark on their second NHL season, they are poised to build on their successful inaugural year with a mix of experienced players and promising talent ready to make an impact.

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