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Seattle Kraken Early Roster Predictions: Defense

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With Training camps set to begin in the NHL, we continue on with the Seattle Kraken Early Roster Predictions. The team coming off a tough inaugural season and have a wealth of young fresh talent on the rise. The Kraken finished 2021-2022 with a 27-49-6 record finishing 8th in the pacific division.

Defensemen

Adam Larsson

The six-foot-three Swedish defenseman will return for the Kraken looking to improve on a dismal 2021-2022 season. In 82 games he tallied 8 goals and 17 assists, he finished with a minus 23 and 55 penalty minutes. 

Jamie Oleksiak

The six-foot-seven Toronto, Ontario native enters his 10th NHL season and his second with the Seattle Kraken. The 10-year veteran tallied 1 goal and 16 assists in 2021-2022 and finished with a minus one on the season.

Justin Schultz

The Kelowna, British Columbia-born defenseman enters his 10th season and also his second with the Kraken. The now 32-year-old had 4 goals and 19 assists in 2021-2022 with Seattle.

Vince Dunn

The former St. Louis Blues defender returns for year two with Seattle and looks to better his 7 goals and 28 assists in his 73 games played. A Stanley Cup Champion from Mississauga, Ontario gets set for his sixth NHL Season.

Carson Soucy

The Viking, Alberta native enters his fourth NHL season and his second with the Kraken, he skated in 64 games last season. The now 28-year-old defender had 10 goals and 11 assists and a plus seven to finish off the 2021-2022 season. 

Michal Kempny

Joining the Seattle Kraken on a league minimum deal the Stanley Cup Champion had one goal and one assist in 15 games during the 2021-2022 campaign. The Czech native has played in 247 career NHL Games.

Goalies

Philip Grubauer

The Seattle Kraken netminder was brought in to be the number one last season but had his fair share of struggles, as did the rest of the team. This season he will once again get a chance to lead the Kraken in goal. 2021-2022 the 30-year-old netminder had an 18-31 record with a .889 save percentage and a 3.16 goals against average.

Martin Jones

Seattle Kraken set out to find a replacement for Chris Driedger who will miss the start of the season due to rehabbing following successful knee surgery. Martin Jones was signed as a free agent during the off-season. The 32-year-old had a 12-18 record last season with the Philadelphia Flyers, he finished with a 3.42 goals against average and a .900 save percentage in 21-22

Chris Driedger

The Seattle Kraken netminder will be on the sidelines for the start of the season as he rehabs from knee surgery this offseason. His spot will be there when he is healthy and fit to play. Last season the 27-year-old netminder had a record of 9-14 with a .899 save percentage and a 2.96 goals against average. 

The Seattle Kraken still have plenty of growing left to do but the team has plenty to be optimistic about going forward into the 2022-2023 NHL Season, the second in franchise history

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