The San Jose Sharks have shaken things up in the Pacific Division, much to the chagrin of Seattle Kraken fans. However, there is still reason to like their moves.
In adding Ryan Donato and Devan Dubnyk, the Sharks have added two more names to any Expansion Draft planning. For Seattle Kraken fans, that should be music to their ears.
It could mean Brent Burns truly does become available. Now, even if he is ageing and on a bit of a steep contract, Brent Burns would be an amazing pick-up.
His years of Norris Trophy contention may be behind him. Likewise, last year wasn’t anywhere near his career-best of 83 points the season prior.
However, he still is a face that is certainly recognizable. In fact, he is the perfect face to be putting front and center of the Seattle Kraken organisation. The man was mistaken for a pirate at Disneyland after all!
The absurdity of that story is great. More inspiring though is the fact he signed the youngster’s autograph regardless. There’s a lot to be said for a person like that.
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Between Brent Burns and Matt Dumba, we could be building a very socially conscious group right here. Perfect for a team playing in the Climate Pledge Arena.
Let’s say though that Brent Burns is worth protecting for them; it still means there’s some intriguing options available in San Jose. Two roster additions without any players leaving means they have to balance out their protection list.
On defense, there’s actually no obvious option. Erik Karlsson and Marc-Eduoard Vlasic are automatically not going anywhere. Indeed, Brent Burns is the obvious third pick.
These trades though have done a great job of opening up our forward options. Expect Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl, Timo Meier and Evander Kane to be going nowhere. That’s four names thus far.
Beyond them, some of the possible options are enticing. Marcus Sorensen, Dylan Gambrell or Kevin Labanc aren’t going to wow people.
However, they’d be the perfect options if we’re attempting to build like Vegas. Let’s not forget in their expansion year, their roster was essentially four second or third line trios!
Even in net, Aaron Dell is seeming like a useful second or third-choice for us if no other options take our fancy. The continued shake-up to rosters certainly is making our planning ever more challenging!
In due course though, it must settle down! Then we can start painting a clearer picture of what the first Seattle Kraken roster actually looks like.