Over two years of preparation finally came together Wednesday night in Seattle, as Kraken general manager Ron Francis assembled his squad with the NHL’s second expansion draft in four years.
Making 30 picks, Francis & Co. led the night off with their selection of Bruins defenseman Jeremy Lauzon. (For the record, that wasn’t ceremonious or anything. It was just the order in which the Kraken and league decided to do things this time around, beginning in the Atlantic Division and in alphabetical order, putting Lauzon ahead of the legendary William Borgen.)
It was the direction many expected the Kraken to go in when it came to their Boston options. I had my own rankings that I thought made sense for Seattle given the market’s options, but I put the odds on Lauzon and Connor Clifton at 45 percent each, and gave the remaining 10 percent to Nick Ritchie in a Sunday radio hit with Matt McCarthy and Sean Sylver, in case you were wondering who that was sounding horrible on the air for a few minutes.
But it’s still a move that’ll come with some considerable fallout for the Boston defense.
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