The National Hockey League‘s (NHL) Seattle Kraken will finally have a team full of players when they reveal their selections in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. More than 4,000 fans are expected to be at the Gas Works Park, Seattle to hear the names selected by Seattle.
They are due to begin their play next season as the NHL’s 32nd team. The addition of the Kraken will see them balance out the NHL’s Eastern and Western Conferences to 16 teams apiece.
Reportedly, they will select 30 players, one per team. It will exclude the Vegas Golden Knights, who are exempt after joining the NHL as an expansion team in 2017-18.
The Seattle Kraken must select at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies. They should also have 20 players, who are under contract for the next season.
Seattle’s selections must have 60% to 100% of the NHL salary cap, which will remain $81.5 million for next season.
This expansion draft will be the end of a process that began when Francis was named Seattle’s first general manager July 18, 2019.
Here’s what you need to know about Wednesday’s expansion draft:
Where and where to watch NHL 2021 Expansion Draft?
The draft will happen at 8 pm ET Wednesday on ESPN2 in the US. In Canada, it will be telecast on Sportsnet, SN Now and TVA Sports.
Where will the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft take place?
The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft will take place at Gas Works Park in Seattle.
Who will be the presenters at the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft?
Chris Fowler, Dominic Moore and Kevin Weekes will host the first NHL TV event.
Kraken general manager Ron Francis will unveil selections. He will be accompanied by Sue Bird, Marshawn Lynch, Lenny Wilkens, Jordan Morris, Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Bobby Wagner and Kyle Lewis.
Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer will also take part.
Players to watch out for in the NHL 2021 Expansion Draft
Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames), Gabriel Landeskog (Colorado Avalanche), Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens), Matt Duchene (Nashville Predators), Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues)
The 2021 NHL Draft is Friday and Saturday. Round Round 1 starts Friday at 8 pm ET and Rounds 2-7 will be aired Saturday at 11 am ET.