SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Kraken created a nucleus for their first couple of seasons with the selections made in the expansion draft. Defenseman Mark Giordano seems in line to be the first Kraken captain. Other core players include defensemen Jamie Oleksiak, Adam Larsson and Haydn Fleury, forwards Calle Jarnkrok, Jordan Eberle, Yanni Gourde and Brandon Tanev, and goaltender Chris Driedger. It was clear Seattle put a priority on defense, but its offensive selections lacked star power. That's why having roughly $30 million in salary cap space could be a big benefit for Seattle as trades start happening and free agency begins.

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