The San Jose Sharks don’t have the most glorious of options, but the Seattle Kraken have a handful of respectable forwards to choose from them.
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 San Jose Sharks.
Not every team in tomorrow’s Expansion Draft will be offering the Seattle Kraken a big-name player. The San Jose Sharks display this perfectly. However, there is still potential value in this pick, as the Kraken should be receiving a much-needed depth forward. To succeed in the NHL, a team must be able to have four strong lines. Perhaps one of the players they choose from San Jose can assist with this.
Dylan Gambrell (Forward, Age: 24)
Dylan Gambrell could be a nice addition for the Kraken’s fourth-line center position. He has found success as a penalty killer in the NHL because of his strong defensive awareness. Also, with him being so young, there is still room for potential growth when it comes to the offensive side of things.
In 49 games this season, Gambrell scored five goals and recorded 12 points. Those aren’t the most glorious of totals, but if utilized in a bottom-six role, he certainly would not be a bad addition. Furthermore, the Kraken do not have that many notable centers to choose from either, so he would stand a shot at making their opening night roster.
He also just signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the team. Thus, he is not a player carrying a large contract. Lastly, he is a Washington native, so he could be the hometown kid of the Kraken.
Ryan Donato (Forward, Age: 25)
If the Kraken are searching for offense, Ryan Donato should be their guy from the Sharks. He has the ability to play both center and the wing, so they would have plenty of potential options with him. He is a solid third-line scorer who also can fit nicely on the Kraken’s second power-play unit.
Overall, Donato had a decent first season with the Sharks. In 50 games played, the 25-year-old scored six goals and compiled 20 points altogether. If the Kraken build a strong team of offensive players, there is the possibility that he could increase these totals, too.
Donato is a restricted free agent, so the Kraken would have control over getting a deal finalized with him. He may be the player with the most offensive upside available, but the Kraken has plenty of stronger options who can produce even more, too.
Alexander True (Forward, Age: 24)
The Kraken could also elect to bring in 24-year-old Danish center, Alexander True. The first thing about him that garners attention is his 6’5″ height. It’s always beneficial to have a big center, as they can handle themselves well with the physical side of the game.
True is a player who is still trying to cement himself into an everyday NHL player. Over the past two seasons with the Sharks, he has played in 19 games and registered five assists. However, with their AHL affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda, he has had success offensively. His best season came in 2018-19 when he had 24 goals and 55 points in 68 games.
True could be a surprising pick that ends up working out for the Kraken. Even if he only is used as a bottom-six forward, he is at least worth considering. He is an RFA, but a fringe NHLer. His contract, therefore, would be quite affordable.