The Seattle Kraken have a roster of 30 players and the rest of the offseason to finalize their first opening night lineup.
"We're excited about what we have right now," general manager Ron Francis said Wednesday after the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft presented by Upper Deck. "There's a lot of opportunity to tweak our lineup over the next four or five months and we'll look to take advantage of that if we can."
The Kraken revealed their 30 selections in front of more than 4,000 fans at Gas Works Park on the north shore of Lake Union in Seattle.
The NHL's 32nd team chose one player per team, excluding the Vegas Golden Knights, who were exempt after joining the NHL as an expansion team in 2017-18. The Kraken selected 15 forwards, 12 defensemen and three goalies.
Seattle operated under the same expansion draft rules as Vegas four years ago.
"When you first see the picks, it's amazing how many good players are available around the League," said defenseman Mark Giordano, Seattle's pick from the Calgary Flames. "A ton of young talent, obviously, coming into the lineup. Like we saw in Vegas, there's an extremely large amount of players who are great players who were available, and I think it was a great start today and we'll see what happens over the next couple of months."
Seattle picked two Stanley Cup champions with a combined three rings; defenseman Vince Dunn (St. Louis Blues, 2019) and forward Yanni Gourde (Tampa Bay Lightning, 2020 and 2021), who could be out until November after having shoulder surgery.