With the first pick in Seattle Kraken history, defenseman Jeremy Lauzon, formerly of the Boston Bruins, has been drafted. The 24-year-old Lauzon just completed his first full NHL season and he already is finding a more expanded role after an impressive rookie campaign. With the Kraken, Lauzon will be expected to play more minutes, in important situations, and bring the physicality every shift.
What Does Lauzon Bring To The Kraken?
Originally selected by the Boston Bruins in the 2015 NHL Draft with the 52nd pick, Lauzon has since played 76 games for Boston across three different seasons. In each game, Lauzon’s presence is felt as he is always willing to get physical in the corners or open ice. The 6’1” defenseman also chips in a little offense here and there. Over his 76 games career, he has scored three goals and eight assists. This season one of his three career goals was scored and seven of his eight career assists came during the 2021 season. Logging nearly 19 minutes a game, the Bruins relied on him heavily despite having an already strong defensive core.
With the Seattle Kraken, it would not be shocking to see his minutes and usage in critical situations increase. With an increased role it would only make sense that his point production also goes up. Now he most likely won’t be setting any scoring records with the Kraken but chipping in three or four goals a season and about 15 points per season will be a massive help for the Kraken as their quest to Stanley Cup champions is just starting. The part of Lauzon’s game that Kraken fans will enjoy the most is his physicality. Lauzon has been documented standing up for his teammates and going after the antagonizer of the opponent.
How Will The Bruins Replace Lauzon?
Without Lauzon in the lineup anymore they will have to find a replacement for him. Urho Vaakanainen and Connor Clifton will both help replace Lauzon. Both have been in and out of the Bruins lineup for the last couple of seasons but 2022 will be their first real chance to crack the Bruins roster for good.
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