This week saw the NHL trade deadline and the Seattle Kraken were certainly a big part of the action on deadline day. They made six trades and acquired a total of ten draft picks that will be spread out over the next three drafts. I will discuss the trade deadline shortly, but there are was action game wise for the Kraken as they went on the road to play the Arizona Coyotes where they picked up a victory and suffered defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings. Let’s take a look back at the week that was.
Kraken win 4-2 in Arizona (3/22/22)
LA Kings crowned the winners over Kraken (3/26/22)
How’s it Kraken? My thoughts on the week that was
Well, the Seattle Kraken did what I thought they should do at the trade deadline which was acquiring as many picks and or prospects as they could. They got through six trades a total of ten draft picks that will be spread out over the next three seasons which is very good. They’ll be able to either draft very good, skilled, and young players for the farm system or use to acquire already established NHL talent. We saw players like now former captain Mark Giordano, Colin Blackwell, Marcus Johansson, Calle Jarnkrok, Jeremy Lauzon, & Mason Appleton all dealt away to playoff contenders with championship aspirations. Besides the picks, the Kraken did pick up the enigmatic yet skilled Daniel Sprong from the Washington Capitals in the Marcus Johnsson deal. Sprong has gotten off to a nice start with the Kraken scoring in both of his first two games with the team. Sprong has shown flashes of being a great scoring threat but hasn’t been consistent enough at the NHL level and has been moved around a bit. Maybe he can finally put it together and stick around in Seattle. He’s gonna have to prove he has what it takes the last several bunch of games but I like what I see so far.
I like how the Kraken played against the Coyotes who despite being terrible have been the kryptonite for Seattle. We got to see a more expanded role for the younger players who are itching for more playing time and responsibility. Morgan Geekie early on looks good with added responsibility scoring twice this week. It’s not surprising the Kraken lost in LA who look like they’re on their way to the playoffs and are a pretty good and solid team. It will be fun to watch and curious to see what will happen with more responsibilities given to the younger players over the last seventeen games and how they’ll handle it. So far so good and we’ll have to wait and see what happens…stay tuned Seattle!
Upcoming Kraken Games
3/28/22- Seattle Kraken @ Los Angeles Kings 10:30pm EST/7:30 PST
3/30/22- Seattle Kraken vs Vegas Golden Knights 10pm EST/7pm PST
4/1/22- Seattle Kraken vs Vegas Golden Knights 10pm EST/7pm PST