What to Watch for in 2022 NHL Draft Lottery

Despite not qualifying for the playoffs, the Kraken will still be worth a watch in this week’s NHL Draft Lottery. 

Without playoff action to take in, Kraken fans are now solely focused on July’s NHL Entry Draft. Seattle will have the third-best odds to earn the first overall selection, but can also shift slightly depending on who gets the top two selections. If a team below them earns one or both of the top two spots, Seattle can move down to 4th or 5th overall.

In addition to their guaranteed top-five pick, Seattle has four second-round picks and 12 selections overall. After an underwhelming inaugural season, the Kraken will have a chance to retool in the entry draft. This process will certainly begin with the top talent they select in the first round.

Kraken Draft Targets

The Kraken has a 11.5% chance of moving up to the first overall selection, where they would be able to select forward Shane Wright. The dynamic center from the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) projects to make an immediate impact at the NHL level. If Seattle earns the top pick, expect Wright and Matty Beniers to center the top two lines for the next decade and more. Even if they don’t land Wright, Seattle should have plenty of options, as the team is guaranteed a top-five selection.

If Seattle moves down, they may have the opportunity to employ another set of brothers. Conor Geekie, the younger brother of Kraken forward Morgan Geekie, was ranked as the fifth North American skater in the NHL’s final rankings. He might be a bit of a reach at fifth overall, but if a fit is present, Ron Francis may pull the trigger. Scoring has been Seattle’s biggest weakness in year one, so expect the team’s top selection to be a forward regardless.

Seattle’s most likely outcome is fourth overall, where they would have their choice of several solid forward prospects. Logan Cooley, the second-best American prospect, projects to be off the board, leaving some enticing international talents. Wings Juraj Slafkovsky and Joakim Kemell from the Finnish Liiga are the other options for Seattle within the top-five. Geekie’s Winnipeg Ice teammate Matthew Savoie may also be on Seattle’s radar when they are on the clock.

After learning their position on Tuesday, Kraken fans and front office alike will get to work. Plenty can still change before the teams take the stage on July 7th.