Seattle Kraken: 5 Players to Draft From Carolina Hurricanes

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One season before the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft, it’s time to debate the possible players that the Seattle Kraken will select from the Carolina Hurricanes.

General Manager Ron Francis’ former team, the Carolina Hurricanes, is one of the best-positioned teams in the entire league. During the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft, the Hurricanes will lose a quality player, but their performance will not be majorly affected. Under Don Waddell, Carolina has been one of the smartest teams in the league. Good decisions in previous draft classes have prepared the Hurricanes for the expansion draft. They’re daring the Seattle Kraken to do their worst.

Two seasons ago, Carolina provided hope to their fanbase. The Hurricanes were victorious over formidable opponents such as the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders before being swept off their feet by the Boston Bruins. History repeated itself in the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs when the Bruins had their number again. After the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft, Carolina will continue to be a playoff team. They’ll need another smart offseason in 2021 to help get over the Boston hump.

Previously, Francis made a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights to protect the rights of Lee Stempniak. In conclusion, the Golden Knights drafted Connor Brickley in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. At the time, the Hurricanes were one of the worst in the Eastern Conference. Even if Waddell makes a trade to protect an additional player, Carolina will lose a good player in 2021. So, just who will the Hurricanes protect?

  • Forwards
    • Sebastian Aho
    • Jordan Staal
    • Teuvo Teravainen
    • Nino Niederreiter
    • Vincent Trocheck
    • Warren Foegele
    • Andrei Svechnikov
  • Defensemen
    • Dougie Hamilton
    • Jaccob Slavin
    • Brett Pesce
  • Goaltender
    • Alex Nedeljkovic

If Carolina can retain consistent goaltending, they’ll continue to be in great shape to make a playoff push. By protecting Nedeljkovic, the Hurricanes invest in their starter after Petr Mrazek. Hamilton will receive an extension, pairing him with Slavin through 2025. Defensively, Carolina doesn’t lose a step. Now, the question becomes, “which forward will follow the eye of the storm into Seattle?”

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