Appleton will be selected by Seattle from Winnipeg in Wednesday's Expansion Draft, Darren Dreger of TSN reports. Appleton is coming off a career year in Winnipeg in which he set personal bests in games played (56), goals (12), assists (13) and average ice time (14:26), so it shouldn't come as a shock to see the Kraken snatching him up. With his new club, the 25-year-old winger likely projects as a third-line winger but could challenge for a spot in the top six depending on who will be joining him in Seattle.
Appleton recorded an assist and went plus-2 in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Canadiens in Game 4. Appleton had the secondary helper on the second of Logan Stanley's goals in the game. The 25-year-old Appleton managed three points, 13 shots on net, 14 hits and a plus-4 rating in eight postseason contests. The Wisconsin native had a career-high 25 points in 56 regular-season outings, emerging as a solid middle-six option for the Jets in his third NHL campaign.
Appleton notched an assist, two shots on goal and two hits in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3. Appleton picked up the secondary helper on Adam Lowry's second-period tally. Through seven playoff contests, Appleton has been held to two points, 13 shots on net and 13 hits. He's mainly played in a third-line role, although he's also seen a larger role on the power play.
Appleton scored a goal in Monday's 4-3 triple overtime win over the Oilers in Game 4. Appleton helped the Jets regain the lead in the first period on a nifty backhand tip from a Josh Morrissey wrist shot from the point for his first point of the series. The Wisconsin native provided a career-high 25 points and 61 hits in 56 games this year playing on the team's third line.
Appleton scored a goal in Friday's 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs. Appleton tallied at 1:13 of the second period to tie the game at 1-1. The 25-year-old finished with 12 goals, 25 points, 88 shots on net, 61 hits and a plus-11 rating in 56 games, all of which were career-high marks for the third-year winger. Appleton should continue to see middle-six minutes in the postseason.
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