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Season Preview: Seattle Kraken

Conference: Western

Division: Pacific



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Offseason



Additions: Andre Burakovsky, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Shane Wright, Justin Schultz, Martin Jones, John Hayden, Michal Kempny, Austin Poganski

Subtractions: Riley Sheahan, Victor Rask, Haydn Fleury


The Kraken made some really nice adds in the offseason beginning with the top prospect in the draft falling to them in Shane Wright. Two underrated top-six producers in Burakovsky and Bjorkstrand should really improve the top end of the lineup, and Schultz comes in to give Seattle a proven powerplay quarterback.


 


Injury Report



Probable For Opener: -None-

Questionable For Opener: -None-

Out To Begin Season: Chris Driedger (Knee)

Out For Season: -None-


The Kraken's most effective goalie last season - Driedger - will miss the majority of the season with a knee injury.


 

Projected Lineup

(league ranks in parentheses)



Forwards (11th)

Jaden Schwartz - Matty Beniers - Andre Burakovsky

Jared McCann - Shane Wright - Jordan Eberle

Ryan Donato - Alex Wennberg - Oliver Bjorkstrand

Brandon Tanev - Yanni Gourde - Morgan Geekie


Defense (22nd)

Jamie Oleksiak - Adam Larsson

Vince Dunn - Justin Schultz

Carson Soucy - William Borgen


Goalies (30th)

Philipp Grubauer

Martin Jones


With a much-improved forward group, the major thing projected to hold Seattle back is the goaltending. Grubauer struggled mightily last season, and needs a huge bounce-back in order to keep this team competitive. Jones is veteran who's mostly been unimpressive lately, so he's likely not the answer if Grubauer does struggle.


 


Dynamic Players


Snipers: Andre Burakovsky | Matty Beniers

Playmakers: Andre Burakovsky | Matty Beniers | Yanni Gourde

Volume Shooters: -None-

Play-Drivers: -None-

Shutdown Defenders: Brandon Tanev | William Borgen

Shot Blockers: -None-

Hitters: Brandon Tanev

Enforcers: William Borgen

Penalty Drawers: -None-

PP Specialists: Matty Beniers

PK Specialists: -None-

Faceoff Specialists: -None-


 


Fantasy Impact


Studs: -None-

Duds: -None-

Sleepers: Matty Beniers, Shane Wright

Other Roster Worthy: Andre Burakovsky, Jared McCann, Philipp Grubauer


The two highly-drafted rookie centers - Beniers and Wright - are major sleepers this season as they should play big roles on the club's top two lines. As far as late-round wingers go, taking fliers on the shot-heavy Burakovsky and McCann are certainly not bad moves.


If you see Grubauer rebounding from his tough year, he could provide average goalie numbers for your fantasy teams. Also, keep an eye on the Kraken as they experiment with line combinations for daily fantasy value.

2022-2023 PuckLuck Projections

PLAYER

POS

G

A

PTS

W

GA

SV

SO

Andre Burakovsky

F

29

45

74

Jared McCann

F

31

24

56

Matty Beniers

F

20

57

76

Philipp Grubauer

G

26

153

1345

4

Oliver Bjorkstrand

F

21

23

44

Jaden Schwartz

F

17

28

45

Jordan Eberle

F

23

28

50


 


Betting Impact



PuckLuck Projection: 85 points

Floor: 73 points Ceiling: 99 points


Projection Data Confidence: 72%

(League Average: 70%)


PuckLuck Odds:

  • Stanley Cup: +8000

  • President's Trophy: +5500

  • Conference: +1600

  • Division: +1500

DraftKings Sportsbook Lines:

  • Stanley Cup: +10000

  • President's Trophy: +15000

  • Conference: +5000

  • Division: +6500

The Kraken are a solid longshot play if you believe their rookie centers can provide enough in their first seasons to push the team into contention. A ceiling of 99 points isn't enough for them to win anything, but you may be able to find a standings points over or to make playoffs at a good value.


They'll also be a fun underdog bet to begin the season, as they should be able to compete in the Pacific Division.


 


Season Outlook



Division Projection: 6th

Conference Projection: 12th

League Projection: 21st

Playoffs? Unlikely


With five Pacific Division teams projected to make the playoffs, Seattle may be another year or two away from true contention. Regardless, they should be a fun team to watch grow throughout the season, and the possibility of adding to the squad in-season could vault them up the standings.


Will the Seattle Kraken make the playoffs?

  • Yes

  • No



 


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