The long wait for hockey fans was rewarded the night before Thursday when NHL expansion team Seattle Kraken released their team.
Seattle selected one player from each NHL team in the expansion draft.
The Vegas Golden Knights, who joined the expansion team four years ago, was the only one who didn’t have to hand over the player to Seattle.
The rookie team booked three goalkeepers, 12 defenders and 15 strikers.
Only one Finn was elected: Joonas Donskoi, reserved for the Colorado Avalanches.
The line-up’s most merited players include Mark Giordano, who hockeyed his entire NHL career at the Calgary Flames, Jordan Eberle, selected from the New York Islanders, and Yanni Gourde, who celebrated two consecutive championships in Tampa Bay.
The average age of players booked by Seattle is 26.2 years.
There are a total of 6,264 NHL regular season matches in the roster, resulting in powers of 960 + 1,560.
Seattle’s lineup is likely to change drastically before the start of the NHL season after player deals and the signing of non-contracted players.
For example, ten of the players booked in the Vegas expansion draft never even played on the team, and five played less than 60 matches.
TSN posted a picture on Instagram comparing the choices of the team from Seattle and Vegas four years ago.
Kraken is booking number two for next weekend’s draft for young players.
Mark Giordano, 37, is one of the team’s most meritorious players.
Photo: Alika Jenner / AFP / Lehtikuva
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