Mock (YEAH) Expansion (YEAH) Draft (YEAH)

The day that we all were waiting for is finally here– probably the last Expansion Draft of our lifetimes in the Seattle Kraken. For myself, I ran through plenty of mock drafts– mostly for shits and giggles and with not much real logic thrown into some of these picks. It’s really what I want to happen rather than what I think will happen.

The first draft was for the June 30th show of Face Off Hockey Show, when we all did drafts and NBC’s Sean Leahy judged them– mostly siding with Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey because those media elites stick together. For me, the big pick was PK Subban going to the Kraken because they needed a face to the organization and he is going to a contract year which he’ll probably do all he can in order to get a last contract.

I only made a second draft because the news of Carey Price being left unprotected in this draft was put out there. Sure, a lot of injury concerns coupled with an $11M bonus in September aside– why wouldn’t want to pick a goalie and build from the net out??

After talking myself out of it and plenty of free time to do it– a third draft pick was in there. For the Price draft, I had to get rid of Subban on there, but he’s definitely on there now with Price not in the picture for the third draft.

My final pick is what I’m going with. It’s without Price, and tweaks here and there.

It was a fun thing to do. This is something I’m not going to take seriously because I’m not getting paid to take it seriously. I’m not getting paid personally at all– just through the FOHS Patreon and that mostly goes to show things. So, sit back, enjoy the show tonight– should be a hoot.

They Actually Did It

The Seattle Kraken is the Boaty McBoatface of the sports landscape. Forget the rest of the identity, but the fact people willed this into existence through social media and tricking the powers-that-be in Seattle this was a good idea– it happened. It’s kind of fascinating they actually went with it; but aside from the dumb idea of renaming them the Metropolitans or calling them a fish name in Sockeyes…this had to be it, right??

Overall, the look is fine. The blue on blue on blue with a hint of red is a nice look. The logo looks a tad weird in that it looks more serpent-like than cephalopod, but the secondary logo of the anchor with the space needle is a solid nod to the city. But…the name it something that still will hang with them through and through.

However, this is just another step for the NHL’s latest team. The hype was surrounding it, they’ve put it off because of the fact that there’s a pandemic going on with a side of racial injustice, and there’s more serious things to deal with over an expansion team identity. Now, with this, an arena title sponsor, and all of that done. It’s time to look forward to who will be the first Kraken roster player. With Vegas, it was Reid Duke; so it might be a safe bet that’ll be an overage major junior free agent next season and that’ll be that then.

But it’s nice to put a face and a name to the city. It’s an identity that’s very specific to the sea with a color scheme close to the other teams in the city to create a unity, of sorts, to the sporting community of Seattle. With a sharp logo and buzz around the name– it’s probably going to be a solid seller for the basic shirts and such because people will want to get on the ground floor and show their support for the new team; especially if the silliness of the name wears off and people just go with the flow.