Welcome to the Sound Of Hockey NHL Entry Draft live blog. The Kraken have ten picks in total today. We will continue to add information about their selections here throughout the day. The most recent updates will show up first, so scroll down on the page to see earlier news.
Let’s get to it!
11:35 AM – That closes the books on the 2023 NHL Entry Draft. Here is your 2023 Seattle Kraken Draft Class. Expect many of if not all of these prospects in Seattle this weekend for the Kraken Development Camp.
Here is how the class breaks down by position, league, and place of birth:
11:20 AM – With the Kraken’s last selection in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft, the Seattle Kraken have selected Forward Zaccharya Wisdom from the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the USHL. This is the second year of eligibility for Wisdom. He had 48 points in 59 games.
10:55 AM – The Kraken have selected their first Swedish player ever in the NHL Entry Draft. Zeb Forsfjäll had limited games in the Swedish Elite League last season but got a majority of his games in J20 Swedish Junior League where he had 22 points over 24 games. He is listed as a center.
10:44 AM – Always a good bet to draft a Finnish goalie. Visa Vedenpää has been drafted by the Kraken in the 6th Round. That is the second Finnish goalie selected by the Kraken after the selected Niklas Kokko in 2022. Goalies are a long play so it could be years before we see Vedenpää in the Kraken system.
10:25 AM – After being passed up the last two drafts, Seattle Thunderbirds goaltender Thomas Milic has been drafted by the Winnipeg Jets! This kid just wins, and it is so nice to see him finally drafted.
10:23 AM – The Seattle Kraken keep it local with their fifth-round pick. They select Everett Silvertips defenseman Kaden Hammell. Hammell was traded to Everett halfway through the 2022-23 season from Kamloops. This is the third WHL player selected by the Kraken this draft and third defenseman. (They only selected two defenseman last draft.) It should be fun to have a Kraken prospect right in our backyard.
10:02 AM – Flying through these picks right now. Here is the recap of Round Four.
9:51 AM – With the 116th pick, the Seattle Kraken select Andrei Loshko from the Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the QMJHL. Listed as a center, he had 70 points in 67 games this season. According to Elite Prospects, he is strong defensively as well, often matching up with the other team’s top line. Originally from Belarus, he has played the last two seasons with Chicoutimi.
9:26 AM – And we are through Round Three.
9:18 AM – The Seattle Kraken select another WHLer, Caden Price, from the Kelowna Rockets. This is the second defensman selected by the Kraken and the second WHLer of the draft. Price is a big body that uses that size for a physical game. He is a little bit of a gamble that could be a boom… or bust.
8:55 AM – That is a wrap on Round Two. With three Kraken picks and two Seattle Thunderbirds, it was a bit of a whirlwind.
8:41 AM – With their third selection of the second round and pick No. 57 overall, the Kraken keep it local with Tri-City Americans defenseman Lukas Dragicevic. Loved watching this kid this season. He’s a 6-foot-2, 181-pounder, so he has room to grow into his frame. The Sound Of Hockey big board had him at a composite ranking of No. 33 overall, so good value here.
8:36 AM – The Kraken select Oscar Fisker Molgaard from Denmark at No. 52 overall. He is currently playing for HK71 in the Swedish Elite League. Molgaard is a left-shot center that had just seven points in 41 games last season, but he was playing against men. So, you typically wouldn’t see huge production from a player in that position.
8:33 AM – With the 50th overall pick, the Seattle Kraken select Carson Rehkopf. Rehkoph is a big-bodied left winger from the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. He had 65 points in 77 games this season.
8:15 AM – We have our first Seattle Thunderbird selected. Nico Myatovic kicks off the second round. He is headed to the Anaheim Ducks.
8:08 AM – Probably stating the obvious, but players drafted in later rounds tend to take a lot longer to make it to the NHL.
8:00 AM – Welcome back for Day 2 of the 2023 NHL Entry Draft. Things will come fast and furious today, and we will do our best to keep you current as the draft unfolds in Nashville. Here is a look at the Seattle Kraken Draft picks to start the day.
Note that last year, the Kraken would trade three picks throughout the day, and I imagine more of the same this year. If you have not read up on the Kraken’s first-round selection from last night, check out this profile on the latest Seattle Kraken, Eduard Šalé.