LAST SEASON

Let’s get Kraken.

I’m sorry. I’ll see myself out.

After a disappointing inaugural season, the Seattle Kraken had an highly productive offseason helping bolster their lineup. They filled holes at forward to bolster an offense that tied for the fourth-fewest goals and helped add depth to a still-building club. Defensively, they were far from where they needed to be but they showed good signs under the hood by posting the fifth-best expected goals against per 60 at 5-on-5 in the entire league.

Plagued by a 98.1 PDO – a statistic that combines on-ice shooting percentage and on-ice save percentage to equate to an average of 100 and approximate luck – Seattle struggled to not only find the back of the net but have goaltenders keep it out of their own. Seattle’s .899 5-on-5 team save percentage ranked 31st in the league last year, and the two-headed monster of Philipp Grubauer and Chris Driedger struggled to keep the Kraken afloat.

 

KEY ADDITIONS & DEPARTURES

Additions

  • Andre Burakovsky, LW
  • Oliver Bjorkstrand, RW
  • Justin Schultz, D
  • Michal Kempny, D
  • Martin Jones, G
  • John Hayden, C
  • Brogan Rafferty, D


Departures

  • Riley Sheahan, C (Buf)
  • Victor Rask, F (UFA)
  • Connor Carrick, D (Bos)
  • Dennis Cholowski, D (NYI)
  • Derrick Pouliot, D (SJ)
  • Haydn Fleury, D (TB)
  • Antoine Bibeau, G (Ott)

 

OFFENSE

The Kraken’s offense can only go up. After a year in which it struggled to score much, it was one of Seattle’s main focal points this offseason, bringing in Andre Burakovsky on a five-year, $5.5-million AAV deal while trading for Oliver Bjorkstrand. Neither are offensive stars, but they did score 61 and 57 points last year, respectively. That should help provide a boost that might be able to take the Kraken closer to league-average scoring rates.