On July 21, the Seattle Kraken began to look a lot more like a hockey team as they filled out a roster in their expansion draft. Now that the dust has settled, let's take a Krak at predicting what Seattle's forward lines and defense pairings will look like on Opening Night.
Injured: Yanni Gourde (shoulder surgery)
The first thing that stands out about the Kraken's forwards is a lack of center depth. Wennberg is a perfectly fine top-six center with 40-point potential, but he was able to see second-line usage behind Aleksander Barkov last season. Likewise, McCann (32 points in 43 contests) was solid as a fill-in for Evgeni Malkin on the Penguins' second line, but he's probably a little miscast if that ends up being his full-time role. At 25 years old, McCann carries a bit more upside than Wennberg, who will be 27 once the season starts.
Down the lineup, Jarnkrok was a reliable middle-six option for the Predators, although he played much of the last few seasons as a winger. He plays in all situations and he'll usually chip in roughly 30 points in a full campaign. Geekie established himself as an NHL player last year on a deep Hurricanes team, and he can fill a fourth-line role fairly well.
Johansson has played center