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.

Fact

Mark Giordano, 37, is one of the team’s most meritorious players.

Photo: Alika Jenner / AFP / Lehtikuva

Seattle Kraken

Goalkeepers:

Chris Drieger, Florida Panthers

Joey Daccord, Ottawa Senators

Vitek Vanecek, Washington Capitals

Defenders:

Jeremy Lauzon, Boston Bruins

William Borgen, Buffalo Sabers

Dennis Cholowski, Detroit Red Wings

Cale Fleury, Montreal Canadiens

Gavin Bayreuther, Columbus Blue Jackets

Brandon Tanev, Pittsburgh Penguins

Jamie Oleksiak, Dallas Stars

Carson Soucy, Minnesota Wild

Haydn Fleury, Anaheim Ducks

Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames

Adam Larsson, Edmonton Oilers

Kurtis MacDermid, Los Angeles Kings

Vince Dunn, St. Louis Blues

Attackers:

Yanni Gourde, Tampa Bay Lightning

Jared McCann, Toronto Maple Leafs

Morgan Geekie, Carolina Hurricanes

Nathan Bastian, New Jersey Devils

Jordan Eberle, New York Islanders

Colin Blackwell, New York Rangers

Carsen dating in Twaryenski, Philadelphia Flyers

Tyler Pitlick, Arizona Coyotes

John Quenneville, Chicago Blackhawks

Joonas Donskoi, Colorado Avalanche

Calle Jarnkrok, Nashville Predators

Mason Appleton, Winnipeg Jets

Alexander True, San Jose Sharks

Kole Lind, Vancouver Canucks