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Seattle Kraken Roster Predictions: Forwards

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The Seattle Kraken prepare for their second season in the National Hockey League as training camp inches closer. The 2021-2022 season was a tough inaugural season for the team but one that allowed growth and optimism heading into 2022-2023.

With training camp set to open next week let’s take a look at some Seattle Kraken roster predictions for forwards that could and should make the roster for opening night when the regular season arrives.

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The Seattle Kraken will have some young talent up the middle this season. With prospects Matt Beniers and Shane Wright set to join the organization, add in returning veterans and there are plenty of options for the Kraken management and coaching staff.

Jaden Schwartz

The veteran centerman will return as a leader for the 2022-2023 season. Last season the 29-year-old forward posted eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points in 37 games played. 

Jared McCann

The now 26-year-old will get his fair share of time taking faceoffs in 2022-2023. Originally selected in the expansion draft he posted 27 goals and 23 assists for 50 points in 74 games played in 2021-2022.

Matty Beniers

The Seattle Kraken’s 2021 first round, second overall draft selection will get his opportunity this season with the Seattle Kraken following his debut last season as he tallied 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points in 10 games. The talented Michigan Wolverines alumni will bring plenty of speed and skill to the lineup.

Ryan Donato

The 26-year-old returns after posting 31 points in 74 games played. The Boston native will be looking for a little more production this season.

Shane Wright

The Kraken selected Shane Wright fourth overall in the 2022 NHL Entry draft and the former number one ranked prospect has plenty to prove after falling from projected number one overall to fourth.

Yanni Gourde

The former Tampa bay lightning and now second-year Seattle Kraken forward had a strong season despite the tough times for the team. In ’21-22, the Quebec native tallied 21 goals and 27 assists in 74 games played for Seattle.

Morgan Geekie

The young centerman will get a chance to land a starting centerman spot following a 22-point season last year in 74 games played.

Alex Wennberg

Skated in 80 games last season for the Kraken. He racked up 11 goals and 26 assists in 21-22 and will be relied upon again for the 22-23 season.

There will be movement for a few of these players as the coaching staff decides where to utilize their players to get the most out of the lineup. 

Wingers

Jordan Eberle

The Kraken’s assistant captain will find himself in the thick of things once the puck drops. Last year the winger tallied 21 goals and 23 assists in 79 games played.

Oliver Bjorkstrand

The nearly 60-point forward from 2021-2022 will once again be looked upon to lead the offensive production for the Kraken. Last season the Denmark native tallied 28 goals and 29 assists for 57 points and will be looking for similar results this season.

Joonas Donskoi

The 30-year-old veteran will return in 2022-2023 after tallying just two goals and 20 assists in 75 games played. 

Andre Burakovsky

The former Colorado Avalanche winger now brings his talents to Seattle after signing with the Kraken as a free agent. In 80 games for the Avalanche Andre Burakovsky had 22 goals and 39 assists for 61 points.

Daniel Sprong

The 25-year-old will return to the Kraken after posting 14 goals and six assists for the team in 2021-2022. The Netherlands native will have to earn his spot but should get his fair chance at making the roster.

The roster will likely change drastically as training camp begins and the season gets closer. The Kraken will look to improve on their eighth-place finish in the NHL Pacific Division.

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