NHL Expansion Draft results: Seattle Kraken pick Mark Giordano, Jordan Eberle, Brandon Tanev to lead roster

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The upstart Seattle Kraken built their roster within on Wednesday, selecting a player from every team except the Vegas Golden Knights as part of the NHL Expansion Draft. Mark Giordano, a former NHL All-Star, Norris award winner and long-time Calgary Flames team captain was Seattle's most notable addition. 

Vince Dunn (St. Louis Blues) and Yanni Gourde (Tampa Bay Lightning) are also headed to Seattle and will bring valuable championship experience, as they've collectively been a part of the last three Stanley Cup winners. 

Overall, Seattle selected 15 forwards, 12 defensemen and three goaltenders on the night. It was required to select at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders. 

Along with the player selections, ESPN announced the Kraken's regular-season and home openers. On Oct. 12 Seattle will battle the NHL's second-newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights, on the road before hosting the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 23. 

The Kraken hope their new additions will lead to as fast a start as the Golden Knights', who reached the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural 2017-18 season and the Stanley Cup semifinals in two of the next three years. 

Seattle's NHL Expansion Draft selections

Jeremy Lauzon, D, Boston Bruins
William Borgen, D, Buffalo Sabres
Dennis Cholowski, D, Detroit Red Wings
Chris Drieger, G, Florida Panthers
Cale Fleury, D, Montreal Canadiens
Joey Daccord, G, Ottawa Senators 
Yanni Gourde, C, Tampa Bay Lightning
Jared McCann, C, Toronto Maple Leafs
Morgan Geekie, C, Carolina Hurricanes
Gavin Bayreuther, D, Columbus Blue Jackets
Nathan Bastian, RW, New Jersey Devils
Jordan Eberle, RW, New York Islanders
Colin Blackwell, C, New York Rangers
Carsen Twaryenski, LW, Philadelphia Flyers
Brandon Tanev, D, Pittsburgh Penguins
Vitek Vanecek, G, Washington Capitals
Tyler Pitlick, C, Arizona Coyotes
John Quenneville, C, Chicago Blackhawks
Joonas Donskoi, RW, Colorado Avalanche
Jamie Oleksiak, D, Dallas Stars
Carson Soucy, D, Minnesota Wild
Calle Jarnkrok, C, Nashville Predators
Vince Dunn, D, St. Louis Blues
Mason Appleton, C, Winnipeg Jets
Haydn Fleury, D, Anaheim Ducks
Mark Giordano, D, Calgary Flames
Adam Larsson, D, Edmonton Oilers
Kurtis MacDermid, D, Los Angeles Kings
Alexander True, F, San Jose Sharks
Kole Lind, RW, Vancouver Canucks

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July 22, 2021, 1:45 AM
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Pick No. 30 Kole Lind, RW, Vancouver Canucks

The 22-year-old former second-round pick will make the short trip to Seattle to close out the Kraken's expansion draft.

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Pick No. 29 Alexander True, F, San Jose Sharks

True has only 19 games of NHL experience but knows the area well, as he played his amateur hockey for the Seattle Thunderbirds.

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July 22, 2021, 1:31 AM
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Pick No. 28 Kurtis MacDermid, D, Los Angeles Kings

The 27-year-old, 6-5 MacDermid spent his first four seasons in Los Angeles.

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July 22, 2021, 1:29 AM
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Pick No. 27 Adam Larsson, D, Edmonton Oilers

A former No. 4 overall pick, Larsson spent the last five years with Edmonton after starting his career in New Jersey.

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Pick No. 26 Mark Giordano, D, Calgary Flames

Seattle gets its marquee player in Giordano, a 2018-19 All-Star and Norris trophy winner who spent his first 15 years with Calgary. Giordano, 37, also won the 2019-20 Messier Leadership award.

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July 22, 2021, 1:22 AM
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Pick No. 25 Haydn Fleury, D, Anaheim Ducks

The Fleury brothers reunite, as Haydn joins the Kraken's No. 5 pick Cale Fleury. Haydn Fleury, the seventh overall pick in 2014, spent over three years in Carolina before heading to Anaheim midway through last season.

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Pick No. 24 Mason Appleton, C, Winnipeg Jets

The 6-2 Michigan State product recorded 25 points in 56 games a season ago.

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Pick No. 23 Vince Dunn, D, St. Louis Blues

The 24-year-old former second-round pick scored 20 points over 43 games in 2020-21.

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July 22, 2021, 1:15 AM
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Pick No. 22 Calle Jarnkrok, C, Nashville Predators

A former second-round pick, Jarnkrok posted 28 points in 49 games a season ago.

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Pick No. 21 Carson Soucy, D, Minnesota Wild

From one huge defenseman to another. The 6-5 Soucy will add to an already intimidating Seattle defense.

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The Kraken will open their season on the road against the NHL's second-newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights, on Oct.12.

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