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Seattle set to announce official expansion draft picks despite all 30 being leaked earlier Wednesday

FILE - In this July 18, 2019, file photo, Ron Francis talks to reporters in Seattle, after he was introduced as the first general manager for Seattle's yet-to-be-named NHL expansion team. Scouts for Seattle's expansion NHL franchise have become a common sight at arenas around the league. In one corner of the second floor at the Seattle Kraken’s future training center sits the office of the general manager, complete with a view of the primary practice rink below. It’s a space Ron Francis will become very familiar with sometime in the summer of 2021 when that portion of the facility is completed. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) (Ted S. Warren, Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

The Seattle Kraken expansion draft is scheduled to take place 8 p.m. Wednesday, but the picks were finalized in the morning and started to get leaked out almost immediately.

Nearly every NHL team’s pick was leaked by reporters as of 1 p.m. Wednesday, minus Detroit Red Wings. That one took a bit longer to leak out because apparently Seattle couldn’t get ahold of the player, Dennis Cholowski. SportNet’s Mark Spector reported the Kraken were unable to reach Cholowski for much of the day.

Awaiting trades

Meanwhile, any trades that Seattle has made will not be leaked before the actual draft event Wednesday night. The 2017 Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft included 10 trades.

The Kraken have to choose 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies. Four other players could be any position. Twenty of those players must be under contract currently.

  • The expansion draft will be broadcast on at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2, SN, SN NOW, TVAS).

Seattle expansion draft picks

Here are the Seattle expansion draft picks -- these picks are unofficial unless otherwise noted as confirmed by Seattle:

Anaheim: D Haydn Fleury -- confirmed -- 25th pick revealed during draft

Arizona: F Tyler Pitlick -- confirmed -- 17th pick revealed during draft

Boston: D Jeremy Lauzon -- confirmed -- 1st pick revealed during draft

Buffalo: D Will Borgen -- confirmed -- 2nd pick revealed during draft

Calgary: D Mark Giordano -- confirmed -- 26th pick revealed during draft

Carolina: F Morgan Geekie -- confirmed -- 9th pick revealed during draft

Chicago: F John Quenneville -- confirmed -- 18th pick revealed during draft

Colorado: F Joonas Donskoi -- confirmed -- 19th pick revealed during draft

Columbus: D Gavin Bayreuther -- confirmed -- 10th pick revealed during draft

Dallas: D Jamie Oleksiak -- confirmed -- 20th pick revealed during draft

Detroit: D Dennis Cholowski -- confirmed -- 3rd pick revealed during draft

Edmonton: D Adam Larsson -- confirmed -- 27th pick revealed during draft

Florida: G Chris Driedger -- confirmed -- 4th pick revealed during draft

Los Angeles: D Kurtis MacDermid -- confirmed -- 28th pick revealed during draft

Minnesota: D Carson Soucy -- confirmed -- 21st pick revealed during draft

Montreal: D Cale Fleury -- confirmed -- 5th pick revealed during draft

Nashville: F Calle Jarnkrok -- confirmed -- 22nd pick revealed during draft

New Jersey: F Nathan Bastian -- confirmed -- 11th pick revealed during draft

New York Islanders: F Jordan Eberle -- confirmed -- 12th pick revealed during draft

New York Rangers: F Colin Blackwell -- confirmed -- 13th pick revealed during draft

Ottawa: G Joey Daccord -- confirmed -- 6th pick revealed during draft

Philadelphia: F Carsen Twarynski -- confirmed -- 14th pick revealed during draft

Pittsburgh: F Brandon Tanev -- confirmed -- 15th pick revealed during draft

San Jose: F Alexander True -- confirmed -- 29th pick revealed during draft

St. Louis: D Vince Dunn -- confirmed -- 23rd pick revealed during draft

Tampa Bay: F Yanni Gourde -- confirmed -- 7th pick revealed

Toronto: F Jared McCann -- confirmed -- 8th pick revealed

Vancouver: F Kole Lind (source) -- confirmed -- 30th pick revealed during draft

Washington: G Vitek Vanecek -- confirmed -- 16th pick revealed during draft

Winnipeg: F Mason Appleton (source) -- confirmed -- 24th pick revealed during draft

Follow updates Wednesday night here:


About the Author:

Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.