The Seattle Kraken added defenseman Will Borgen from the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL Expansion Draft.
Selected from: Buffalo Sabres
Contract: 2 years left, $900K AAV
2020-21 Season Stats: GP: 10, G: 0, A: 0, PTS: 0, -4
Will Borgen is not a familiar name for many hockey fans. However, his name became synonymous with the Seattle Kraken after former NBA player Lenny Wilkens announced his selection at the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. Now, as the Kraken enter their inaugural season, here’s what Kraken fans can expect from the 24-year-old Borgen this season.
Will Borgen is Still Developing into an NHL Player
Coming into this season, Borgen has played in just 14 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres. He’s been more consistent in the minors, scoring 25 points in 132 career games with the AHL’s Rochester Americans. More than likely, he is going to start the season with Seattle’s AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.
However, the team is going to be patient with Borgen. They have no reason to be rushing him considering they just selected Borgen over a month ago. And, since he is only 24 years old, this is someone that GM Ron Francis will take his time with.
Borgen Adds to the Seattle Kraken’s Depth on Defense
One of the biggest takeaways from the Expansion Draft is the Kraken loading up on defensemen. That includes taking Mark Giordano, Jamie Oleksiak, and Adam Larsson. However, Borgen is joining an abundant of depth defense trying to make the Kraken roster.
Should the Kraken get hit with the injury bug, Borgen is a solid safety net on the blueline. After signing with Seattle earlier in August, Borgen is expected to be a stalwart in the defensive zone. He is going to be a name to watch at training camp come late September.
The decision to draft Borgen might seem questionable at first. But, if you look at how Francis has been building this team, then this selection is not surprising at all. This is a great opportunity for Borgen to become a regular NHL player and hopefully, be a productive member of the Kraken this season.