Seattle Kraken: Defenseman Adam Larsson signed ahead of Draft

The Seattle Kraken has added a defenseman to the team ahead of the NHL Expansion Draft.

It’s a huge day for the Seattle Kraken as the NHL Expansion Draft has finally arrived. But rather than waiting to see how the rest of their roster officially looks, they have signed a big free agent to help their team. The reported addition is defenseman Adam Larsson, who was a player many were unsure if he’d return to the Edmonton Oilers following the trade they made for Duncan Keith.

According to Darren Dreger, the contract comes in as a four-year deal, paying Larsson $16 million for the contract. That will be an annual average of $4 million. At just 28 years old, Larsson is the perfect fit for the Kraken as they head into their first season. After all, his time in Edmonton wasn’t always the best so a fresh start on a team with expectations and pressure not so high could allow him to be the player many expected him to be when the Oilers acquired him for Taylor Hall.

Adam Larsson gives Seattle a proven player immediately

Seattle’s addition of Larsson brings a lot of potential answers to the NHL Expansion Draft as they could end up going with cheaper options on defense with Larsson joining the team. Unless they go for one of the few bigger names available on the defensive side, Larsson seems to be a lock to be one of the two top-line defensemen when opening night arrives.

For those wondering, Larsson has averaged a total of 20 minutes on ice in his career, so he’s accustomed to playing the big minutes whenever necessary. It’s likely he will never reach the elite status that the Oilers had expected when they traded Hall for him, but being a solid defenseman for the Kraken seems like a win-win scenario.

Last season saw Larsson finish with 10 points and a plus-2 season. Excluding the 2018-19 season, Larsson has overall been a plus player in his career and can play huge minutes on the penalty kill while being solid for any team.

Not only is this a great addition to the Kraken, but gives them a player who is looking to prove something. Larsson should be a great fit.