Kraken Sign Max McCormick to 1-Year Deal

The Seattle Kraken bring in Max McCormick as a depth signing to add grit to a forward group in need of a physical presence.

Max McCormick

Signed: UFA

Position: LW

Age: 29

Contract: 1 year remaining at $750k AAV

2020-21 Season Stats: 12GP: 2G, 1A, 3P, +3

McCormick earned the largest contract of his career in terms of average annual value (AAV) when he signed with the Kraken September 29th. He joins former linemate Morgan Geekie on the team, and looks to become more of an NHL contributor this season. McCormick spent more of last season on Carolina’s taxi squad or on the injured reserve. He still managed to find a little playing time, getting into 12 games in 2020-21. In those games, he contributed two goals and one assist while only averaging 7:49 on ice time per game (ATOI).

In his career, McCormick has scored eight goals and recorded 13 points, while putting up 87 penalty minutes and 152 hits in 83 games. He has forged a respectable AHL career while he’s been in the league too. Across three AHL teams, he has 168 points in 336 games.

McCormick Looks to Stick in the NHL

McCormick has spent parts of five seasons at the NHL level, jumping between there and the AHL. He has found himself as more of an AHL level player, with some fourth line upside when he does get his shot. He first broke into the league with the Ottawa Senators in 2015-16 after being drafted by them in the 6th round in 2011. Not a bad career he has carved out for himself considering most late round picks don’t amount to much.

He has seen action in every year since making his NHL debut, except for the 2019-20 where he played the entire season in the AHL for the Charlotte Checkers, Carolina’s affiliate. He has never been able to stick as a member of an NHL roster for an entire season to date. Injuries are great play will see McCormick up with the Kraken this season.

This is a smart depth signing by the Kraken, as Mccormick can hold his own in the NHL when he gets his chance. He will also provide value to the young players in the AHL as they develop if he sticks around. He is a good player to have in the system.