The Seattle Kraken are selecting defenseman Vince Dunn from the St. Louis Blues in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. It was previously reported that Blues GM Doug Armstrong was looking to trade Dunn before the protection list deadline, though nothing came to fruition and the 24-year-old defenseman was left unprotected and ultimately selected.
St. Louis was one of the most talked about clubs in the period heading into the expansion draft as Dunn was not the only notable Blue left unprotected. Disgruntled winger Vladimir Tarasenko and unrestricted free agent winger Jaden Schwartz were both made available for selection. The Kraken did hold contract talks with Schwartz, but nothing materialized, per Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. There were talks that Seattle could select Tarasenko to then flip to another team, however Kraken GM Ron Francis decided that selecting Vince Dunn was the best decision for his club.
Vince Dunn’s Career in St. Louis
Vince Dunn was selected by the Blues in the 2nd round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and signed for the club ahead of the 2016-17 season. After spending his first professional season with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL, Dunn made his NHL debut at the beginning of the 2017-18 season. Right off the bat, the Mississauga, Ontario native showed he can be an offensive threat from the blue line and made a sizable leap his second season as he netted a career-high 12 goals and 35 points as he helped the Blues capture their first Stanley Cup title.
In the past couple of seasons, Dunn has been somewhat of a polarizing figure amongst Blues fans as while he has proven to be an effective puck-moving defenseman, his lapses in defensive play have made fans question whether he was going to be a long-term piece or not. That question was ultimately answered today with Seattle’s selection and Dunn finishes his time in St. Louis having played 267 games and scoring 102 points over four seasons to go along with a Stanley Cup in 2019.
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