Fantasy takeaways from Kraken roster; projected lines

Fantasy takeaways from Kraken roster; projected lines

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. 

Forwards

Jaden SchwartzAlexander WennbergJordan Eberle
Marcus JohanssonJared McCannJoonas Donskoi
Brandon TanevCalle JarnkrokMason Appleton
Colin BlackwellMorgan GeekieNathan Bastian

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

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Shawn Hutchinson
Shawn has covered sports independently since 2010, and joined RotoWire in 2019. He serves as a beat writer for the Calgary Flames and contributes in hockey and baseball. Shawn also enjoys soccer, rooting on his hometown teams: Sounders FC and Reign FC.
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