Alex True will be one of several young forwards vying for the final roster spots.
Selected From: San Jose Sharks
Contract: 1 yr. left at $750,000
2020-21 Season Stats: 7 GP – 0 G – 1 A – 1 P, +1
The Seattle Kraken added a promising young forward to their system by taking Alex True from the San Jose Sharks.
True went undrafted and signed his first NHL contract with the Sharks in 2018. Prior to his professional career, he played 3 WHL seasons for the Seattle Thunderbirds. In 172 career games with the Thunderbirds, he collected 45 goals and 84 points. He also played two full seasons with the Sharks’ AHL affiliate before making his NHL debut. In 203 career AHL games with the San Jose Barracuda, True has 59 goals and 128 points.
After making his NHL debut with 12 games in the 2019-20 season, True added 7 games with the Sharks last season. He has 5 career assists but has yet to score a goal in the NHL. He hasn’t held down a stable role with the Sharks, only totaling 19 games across parts of two seasons. With the abundance of forward depth recently added by Seattle, True may struggle to stay in the NHL with his new team as well. With another season of development, True has the potential to flourish in an environment he’s familiar with from his junior hockey days.
Seattle Kraken Outlook
True has a modest amount of NHL experience but has played in plenty of AHL games for a 24-year-old. He may find himself back in the AHL with Seattle due to the number of quality depth forwards they have on their roster. If he continues to develop, True can become one of the top prospects in the Kraken pipeline. A return to an 82-game season may also lead Seattle to rotate more forwards into the lineup and could give True an opportunity this season.
If he doesn’t find his way into the NHL this season, True could flourish with the Charlotte Checkers in the AHL. Several of his new teammates, including Morgan Geekie and Nathan Bastian, could find their way to Charlotte if they lose battles to more experienced players. With the Kraken and Florida Panthers sharing an affiliate for this season, the young forwards could further improve playing with some of Florida’s prospects. Using his first season with the Kraken to improve could lead True to have a successful career with Seattle when he’s ready.