2021-22 (Year 5) A Year to Remember For Kraken Fans! Kraken start the year off on fire burning out with 9 straight wins to start the year. With some injuries some young kids are getting a look even with guys like Meireles stepping up big. The one guy who has failed to even get in the lineup is RW Nicholas Baptiste. So.. Kraken trade RW Nicholas Baptiste to San Jose for SJS 3rd Round 2025 Finishes with 0 games in a Kraken uniform after being acquired at last year's draft. 28 career games over past 5 years with 2 years in Europe in there he is not much of a player but San Jose is desperate depth at RW and Baptiste has been dominant at AHL level. Kraken have been using the extra roster spot on a rotation basis with Kurashev, Carson, Commisso, and Bokk all getting looks at NHL level with minutes to spare as Adrian Kempe has spent over 4 months on IR. 20 year old Bowen Byram has lost his spot to veteran Jordan Gross so has been sent to AHL. Kale Clague is serving as 7th D. In another interesting tidbit former first round Spencer Knight has been kicked off his team at Boston College (my reasoning, game just cut him for some reason despite him being by far their best goalie) so the Kraken have signed him and assigned him to Sherbrooke who owns his QMJHL rights for the year as an overager. Be interesting to see how he responds. Kraken surpass franchise record for points in a season before the trade deadline even passes. The team is definitely buying at the deadline this year. They are sitting in first place in league at deadline. February 10, 2022 Kraken trade C Jujhar Khaira, RW Max Ellis, G Stephen Dhillon to San Jose for for RD Mike Green and RW Patrick Berglund Adding some depth on the blueline Green is a savvy vet who is a PP specialist. Should provide the needed boost. Green and Berglund carry ~8 million dollar cap hit, but both are expiring contracts. Khaira has struggled in AHL but offers decent 14th forward option going forward. Ellis and Dhillon are depth prospects, but San Jose was not finding a market for AHL buried Berglund (who will be 14th forward) and really struggling Green. February 12, 2022 Kraken trade LD Eero Teravainen to Dallas for DAL 4th in 2024 Depth prospect for depth pick. Kraken trade G Carl Stankowski to Kansas City for KCS 5th in 2024 Same Kraken finish year in first place! The first playoff appearance for the Kraken will be from a favourite position. They struggled down the stretch going just .500 over final 15 though while they play the Kings who are a veteran team that was streaking to make playoffs. Stats Vladimir Tkachyov tied for league lead in goals at 47. Vladimir Tkachyov 4th in league with 93 points. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 3rd in league with 54 assists. Martin Frk 5th in league with 85 points. Mike Matheson 5th in defense with 51pts. Jake Allen 2nd with 43 wins. LW Vladimir Tkachyov 82-47-46-93-+41-22 RW Martin Frk 81-43-42-85-+27-44 RW Blake Wheeler 79-41-37-78-+39-22 C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 80-23-54-77-+40-22 C/LW Isac Andersson 79-33-43-76-+21-26 C Alexis Lafreniere 82-27-44-71-+29-28 LD Mike Matheson 81-7-44-51-++36-25 RD Adam Boqvist 80-9-41-50-+39-30 LW Nikolai Prokhorkin 75-15-34-49-+18-36 RW/LW Marko Dano 79-17-25-42-+16-14 LD/RD TJ Brodie 77-2-24-26-+39-18 LD Esa Lindell 81-3-21-24-+41-39 RW/LW Adrian Kempe 35-6-16-22-+4-17 C Greg Meireles* 46-5-16-21-+9-22 C/RW Jean-Gabriel Pageau 78-10-8-18-+4-10 C/LW Andrew Copp 81-7-8-15-0-18 RD Jordan Gross 42-1-13-14--4-12 RD Mike Green 22-1-13-14-0-15 LW Zemgus Girgensons 79-4-9-13--1-14 LD Artyom Zub 81-2-9-11-+1-52 LD Bowen Byram* 22-0-5-5-+7-18 LW Philipp Kurashev* 9-1-2-3--1-0 RW Dominik Bokk* 3-0-3-3-0-0 C MacAuley Carson* 6-1-1-2-+2-2 RD Kale Clague* 5-0-2-2-+2-0 C Domenic Commisso* 8-0-2-2--1-0 RD Danila Zhuravlyov* 1-0-0-0-0-0 G Jake Allen 59-43-8-8-2.30-.914-4 G Garret Sparks 24-13-9-1-2.48-.901-1 Kraken win 4-0 against Kings! Dominant opening round for the Kraken as they look every bit the contender they were made out to be. Star youngster Alexis Lafreniere is starting live up to his billing with over a ppg in his first playoff series. Kraken win 4 straight after dropping first two against Canucks! After losing the first two games at home, Kraken rattle off 4 straight wins to advance to Western finals. Lafreniere continues to be the standout with 12 points in 9 games in playoffs but missed game 6 with an injury. Kraken advance to first Cup Final! Opening the series with a loss in the 4th OT period (outshot Jets 81-43 in a 5-4 loss) the back forth series would end with back to back 4-1 wins for the Kraken. They will face off against Lightning in finals. Lightning won the cup in 2019-20 and were crowned President Cup champs in 18-19 and 19-20. They have the experience. Cup Final Kraken open with a 4-2 win at home. The youngster duel of Lafreniere and Andersson both have a goal and an assist. Bigger news is Jake Allen went down with a rib injury. Kraken drop game 2 5-4 despite outshooting Lightning 32-24. Allen looked hampered by his nagging injury. Lafreniere continues to start with 2 goals and an assist. Kraken drop game 3 3-2. Sparks makes the start, his first of the playoffs making 27 saves on 30 shots. Girgensons and Kempe with the goals. Kraken dominate first en route to 5-2 win. With 5 goals in the first resulting in Tampa Bay pulling Vasilevskiy, the Kraken got back in series in statement fashion. 13 different players in on scoring for Kraken. Kraken win game 5 in OT. Nikolai Prokhorkin scores just 53 seconds into OT to win it. Kraken heading back to Seattle for Game 7 after dropping Game 6 4-3. Brodie and Nugent-Hopkins with 1goal, 2assists each but Kucherov and Lightning too powerful. First franchise game 7 is a Cup final winner take all, can't write it up better. Brayden Point opens the scoring of game 7 just over a minute into the game. The Kraken start to pour it on, but they cannot tie it up in first. To start 2nd TJ Brodie blasts one past Vasilevskiy on powerplay to tie it up. Captain Blake Wheeler who has had a quiet playoffs gets the Kraken up later in the period. In the 3rd Jake Allen shuts the door. Kraken Win Stanley Cup! Winning roster (with playoff stats) Vladimir Tkachyov (23-9-11-20) - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (23-8-11-19) - Blake Wheeler (23-6-12-18) Nikolai Prokhorkin (23-4-8-12) - Alexis Lafreniere (22-12-10-22) - Martin Frk (23-6-13-19) Marko Dano (23-6-10-16) - Isac Andersson (23-4-10-14) - Adrian Kempe (23-7-6-13) Zemgus Girgensons (23-4-3-7) - Andrew Copp (23-3-1-4) - Jean Gabriel Pageau (23-2-5-7) ex: Greg Meireles (1-0-1-1) Mike Matheson (23-1-7-8) - Adam Boqvist (23-1-18-19) Esa Lindell (23-1-4-5) - TJ Brodie (23-3-7-10) Artyom Zub (23-0-7-7) - Mike Green (23-2-5-7) Jake Allen (22-16-6-0-1.91-.922-2) Garret Sparks (1-0-1-0-3.00-.900-0) So it took 5 years to win the cup. On the 23 man roster we have Acquired via UFA G Jake Allen (21-22, 6y, 46.5mil) G Garrett Sparks (20-21, 2y, 5.2mil) LD Esa Lindell (albeit a re-sign from UFA after a trade) (21-22, 3y, 10mil; trade 20-21 with Halak for C Kevin Hancock, RD Alex Lintuniemi, LW rights to Thomas Casey) RD TJ Brodie (20-21, 6y, 54.2mil) RW Adrian Kempe (20-21, 5y, 15mil) RW Blake Wheeler (20-21, 5y, 35mil) Acquired as a undrafted UFA RD Jordan Gross LD Artyom Zub LW Nikolai Prokhorkin LW Vladimir Tkachyov Acquired via waivers RW Jean-Gabriel Pageau (21-22) Acquired via trade RD Mike Green (21-22, with Berglund for Jujhar Khaira, Stephen Dhillon, Max Ellis) LD Mike Matheson (21-22, with bought out Andrew Ladd for G Mason McDonald, LD Jack Ahcan, SEA 1st in 2022) RW Patrick Berglund (21-22, with Green for Jujhar Khaira, Stephen Dhillon, Max Ellis) LW Zemgus Girgensons (20-21 for LW Zach Hyman) C Andrew Copp (18-19 for C Tyler Sheehy and SEA 4th in 2019) LW Marko Dano (20-21 for LW Daniel Carr and PIT 5th in 2021) RW Martin Frk (18-19 as RFA with Dennis Wideman for LD Ryan Culkin, RW Cole Bardreau, G Chris Nell and ? Nic Seeler) C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (18-19 for RW Tyler Kelleher and LW Brady Ferguson) Acquired via draft RD Adam Boqvist (1st Round, 6th Overall 2018) C Greg Meireles (2nd Round, 72nd Overall 2018) C Isac Andersson (1st Round, 16th Overall 2019) C Alexis Lafreniere (1st Round, 1st Overall 2020) I expect at least 3 homegrown players to make the jump next year (LD Bowen Byram 17th 2019, LW Philipp Kurashev 44th 2018, and C MacAuley Carson 134th 2018). With outside chances for G Spencer Knight (14th 2019), LD Tobias Bjornfot (50th 2019), LW Blade Jenkins (113th 2018), C Mason Primeau (86th 2019), RW Dominik Bokk (77th 2018), RW Martin Pospisil (149th 2018), RW Judd Caulfield (66th 2019), and RW Seth Jarvis (42nd 2020) to also jump (obviously not all, will be competition. I feel like doing a rundown of former players and how the other 5 expansion teams have down in this playthrough so I'll post that up soon.