Meet the Kraken: Complete roster, opening games for NHL's newest team

Meet the Kraken: Complete roster, opening games for NHL's newest team

Let’s get Kraken, Seattle.

The NHL’s newest franchise hits the ice for its inaugural season’s opener on Tuesday night against the Golden Knights. Tons of questions abound for this club based out of the Pacific Northwest, none bigger than, “How will they do?” Will they be like the expansion teams of old who struggle night in and night out? Or will they take after their first opponent, Vegas, and make a deep Stanley Cup run?

Here’s everything you need to know about the Kraken.

NHL 2021-22: Top 10 defensemen | Top 10 goalies | Top 10 forwards | Top 25 under 25

When is the Kraken’s first NHL game?

  • Date: Tuesday, Oct. 12 (vs. Lightning)
  • Time: 10 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN (U.S.) | SN, TVAS (Canada)
  • Stream: ESPN+ (U.S.) | fuboTV | SN NOW (Canada)

In the night capper for the NHL’s return to ESPN, the Golden Knights will host the Kraken in their first ever game. John Buccigross will take care of play-by-play duties, while Brian Boucher will serve as an analyst. AJ Mleczko will act as rinkside reporter, and Linda Cohn and Kevin Weekes will be in studio.

When is the Kraken’s home opener?

  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 23 (vs. Canucks)
  • Time: 10 p.m. ET
  • In the U.S.: ESPN+, Hulu, fuboTV
  • In Canada: CBC, SN1, CITY, TVAS2

The NHL’s next great rivalry gets underway at Climate Pledge Arena as these teams, separated by just 142 miles, go toe-to-toe.

Who is the Kraken’s captain?

They may be a young franchise, but the team has one of the strongest leadership groups in the league. Mark Giordano, the ex-Flames captain, has been handed the first “C” in team history. He’ll have Jordan Eberle, Yanni Gourde, Adam Larsson and Jaden Schwartz as alternate captains.

Seattle Kraken 2021-22 roster

Here is the Kraken’s opening day 23-man roster:

Mason AppletonFJetsExpansion draft
Alex Barre-BouletFLightningWaivers
Nathan BastianFDevilsExpansion draft
Ryan DonatoFSharksFree agency
Jordan EberleFIslandersExpansion draft
Morgan GeekieFHurricanesExpansion draft
Marcus JohanssonFWildFree agency
Kole LindFCanucksExpansion draft
Jaden SchwartzFBluesFree agency
Riley SheahanFSabresFree agency
Brandon TanevFPenguinsExpansion draft
Alexander WennbergFPanthersFree agency
Alexander TrueFSharksExpansion draft
Will BorgenDSabresExpansion draft
Dennis CholowskiDRed WingsExpansion draft
Vince DunnDBluesExpansion draft
Haydn FleuryDDucksExpansion draft
Mark GiordanoDFlamesExpansion draft
Adam LarssonDOilersExpansion draft
Jeremy LauzonDBruinsExpansion draft
Carson SoucyDWildExpansion draft
Chris DriedgerGPanthersExpansion draft
Philipp GrubauerGAvalancheFree agency

The following players are on the injured and/or non-roster list:

Colin BlackwellFRangersExpansion draft
Joonas Donskoi*FAvalancheExpansion draft
Yanni GourdeFLightningExpansion draft
Calle Jarnkrok*FPenguinsExpansion draft
Jared McCann*FMaple LeafsExpansion draft
Jamie Oleksiak*DStarsExpansion draft

*In COVID-19 protocol.