Sport Entire Seattle Kraken roster leaks before expansion draft broadcast, spoiling ESPN's NHL debut
2021 Expansion Draft Preview: West Division
Which players will be protected? Which will be exposed? Which decisions will give GMs headaches? Our Seattle expansion draft divisional previews conclude with the West teams. © Provided by Hockey News on Sports Illustrated So far, I’ve previewed the North, East and Central Division teams for the 2021 expansion draft. You can read those breakdowns here: North DivisionEast DivisionCentral Division The mini previews continue with the West Division.
The Kraken's 30 picks were scheduled to be into the NHL by 10 a.m. ET. At 8:58 a.m. ET the first tweet was sent out.
"Early word is #SeaKraken are closing in on contracts with two UFA defensemen: Adam Larsson (EDM) and Jamie Oleksiak (DAL)," Daily Faceoff insider and president of hockey content.
After that the floodgates were open. By 12:30 p.m. ET, 29 of the 30 picks were leaked out.
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Of course, that left a lot of people scratching their heads because ESPN is set to air the expansion draft. The reveal is the network's first big production since getting back the NHL's broadcast rights in the United States. Now they have 90 minutes to fill with the intrigue and drama pretty much, well, gone.
Expansion Draft: This creates a new US team
Munich - the Seattle Kraken have almost everything to join in the North American Ice Hockey League NHL - a coaching team, a general manager and a home. There are even heap of fan articles of the new franchise to buy. © Imago Images / Zuma Wire Seattle Kraken Expansion Only one thing is missing the team yet: Player. This will change on Wednesday. Then the so-called expansion draft applies. That means: The Seattle Kraken may choose a player from each of the existing 31 NHL teams.
There are rumors swirling that deals were aplenty but until that is assured, Twitter did its best to help the producer fill the show's rundown out — and had some jokes.
With— Scouting The Refs (@ScoutingTheRefs) expansion draft picks all apparently leaked already, tonight on ESPN2, the NHL will share a brief overview of the SEA roster, then fill the remaining 85 minutes of airtime explaining goaltender interference.
Ron Francis should spend entire show on Red Wings selection. Go over every available option.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames)
espn seeing all the seattle pick leaks— offseason trade wanter (@OVECHKlN)
In 2040 when they expand to 34 teams, they should have a 7 am draft. Hockey writers don’t get up before 8
Who will go No. 1 at 2021 NHL Draft? Owen Power, Luke Hughes among 10 candidates for top spot
The NHL Draft will be held virtually July 23-24.There was no player that everyone had to know before the year. There was not going to be a #FallinForDahlin, #LoseForHughes, or even a #FailForNail tanking slogan. This was always going to be a draft in which there would be a year-long, thorough discussion about who deserved to become the 58th No. 1 pick in NHL Draft history.— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey)
Seattle Kraken and ESPN executives— John Vogl (@BuffaloVogl)
ESPN and the Kraken chasing down— tommy positive vibes only (@Venomoussnake42) to prevent him from leaking anymore of the picks
Frank Servalli: Sources are telling mehave selected Kurtis MacDermid (D) from the Kings
ESPN:— Kurtis MacDermid, Seattle Kraken Legend (@cool420guy69)
ESPN - We paid a ton of money to get the NHL rights back and as our re-introduction to all the hockey fans, we will have a special expansion draft show with all the picks, so much suspense!!!
Frank Seravalli - Hold my beer— Dan Silver (@dsilver88)
Gallery: 2021 NHL mock expansion draft: Projecting the Seattle Kraken's 30-player roster (SMG)
More people watched Seattle NHL expansion draft on ESPN2 than Cubs-Cards on ESPN, despite advance reporting of picks
In the grand scheme of things, 637,000 viewers nationally is not a huge number for a cable channel with any level of significant distribution. Most things on broadcast TV not only beat that, but beat it by quite a bit, and that kind of number isn’t usually even amongst the top cable broadcasts. However, the Read more The post More people watched Seattle NHL expansion draft on ESPN2 than Cubs-Cards on ESPN, despite advance reporting of picks appeared first on Awful Announcing.
Next NHL defensemen in line for huge free-agent contracts .
Whether they can sign extensions or need deals now, expect big money for Dahlin, Fox, Hughes, and others.That goes for mid-grade and depth defensemen, who’ve signed one eye-popping free-agent contract after another.