The Boston Bruins have a number of quality players who should be available in the Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft.
In the lead-up to the Seattle Kraken’s NHL Expansion Draft, we here at the Kraken Chronicle will look at all 30 teams and who could be taken from each. In this edition, we take a look at the Boston Bruins.
As we continue to look at who could be a part of the Kraken’s first-ever roster, it gets clearer and clearer that it very well could be willing to compete at a top-level in the early going. With us looking at the Bruins, there are a handful of talents that the Kraken may want to look at with the likelihood of not being protected.
Most of the possibilities come on the defensive side of the ice, where the Bruins are going to have to try and keep as much of their core as possible. Not only will these players they add have potential coming in, but playoff experience that is always of the most use long-term for any franchise, especially the Kraken.
D Connor Clifton
Connor Clifton, for many, has to be the favorite to head to the Kraken in the expansion draft. Clifton has become one of the Bruins that they continuously lean on and has proven to be a solid player most nights. While one of the smaller defensemen in the NHL, Clifton has managed to carve out a pretty solid skill set that would be great on the second or third line for the Kraken.
The Bruins often utilized Clifton to slide in any time there was an injury to one of their main defensemen. In the playoffs, his play kept him in the lineup and was one of the shining points as he moved the puck and had a good stick in the defensive zone.
The question for the Kraken when it comes to the 26-year-old really comes to the other two players on this list. Clifton has shown who he is as a player, so is that enough to take him in?
For the Kraken, it may make the most sense as he can help be one of the players that give them a solid defensive core for this season and so on.
D Jeremy Lauzon
Jeremy Lauzon has all the makings to be an excellent defensive defenseman in the National Hockey League. Good size, solid physicality, and learning from the likes of Charlie McAvoy. So why is he even on this list in the first place?
The Bruins are filled with talent, making them not able to protect everyone. Lauzon would have likely been the next defenseman to get protected if the rules allowed them, but with McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, and Matt Grzelcyk all understandably being at the top of that list, Lauzon will be free to the Kraken to take on.
In 41 games for the Bruins this season, Lauzon totaled eight points while finishing plus eight in plus/minus. Averaging around 19 minutes per game, Lauzon has shown that he can be a huge help on the penalty kill as well.
At 24 years old, Lauzon still has time to develop and could do that for the Kraken this season and moving forward. The points are never going to be where he shows up, but his overall defensive presence in a solid role for the Kraken would make him one of the best potential picks in the entire NHL Expansion Draft. He would make a lot of sense come draft time.
D Jakub Zboril
Some may forget outside of Boston, but Jakub Zboril is a former first-round pick. The 24-year-old was selected 13th overall by the Bruins in the 2015 draft and has yet to make a statement as the player he was expected to be. That being said, this past season saw him show some of the potential that the Bruins had been hoping for.
Unfortunately, an injury forced him out at the end of the season and saw him miss the entire playoff run of the Bruins. If the Kraken liked what they saw in 42 games this season and believe that potential can translate to a solid defenseman for them, then do not be surprised if they skip over Clifton and Lauzon to add him to the team.
It would be shocking, but there is something clearly there still with Zboril. It’s only a matter if he will be able to show that for the Bruins or Kraken moving forward.