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BOLTS WINGER STATES PUBLICLY THAT HE DOES NOT WANT TO GO TO SEATTLE IN DRAFT; WHO WILL SEATTLE PICK?

20 jul 2021 à 10h59      MIKE ARMENTI
We're now just a little over a day away from the league's 32nd franchise, the Seattle Kraken, selecting its inaugural team in the July 21st expansion draft.

The possibilities seem endless for the Kraken, with the majority of teams having exposed multiple players who could easily be candidates for selection.

The situation in Tampa is a particularly intriguing one, as the Lightning have exposed a trio of names that may make it very difficult on Kraken GM Ron Francis and company to make a decision. Those players are Yanni Gourde, Ondrej Palat and Alex Killorn.

Some interesting comments had been tossed around on Tuesday, when Killorn appeared on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast to talk about the potential of being selected by Seattle on Wednesday. Spoiler alert: he did not seem overly enthused about the prospect of leaving Tampa Bay.

"For myself, I'd be really unhappy if I left Tampa, I mean I plan to retire here," Killorn said on the popular podcast. "I really don't want to go to Seattle, but you know what, we did win two Cups here. So, you know, I don't really know what else to say."

Biz (Paul Bissonnette) and Whit (Ryan Whitney) hinted at Killorn pulling a Jason Spezza "power move" and just threatening to retire if he's drafted, but at just 31 years old, it's not exactly the same situation with Killorn, as Spezza, now 38, is in the late stages of his career, where retirement is a legitimate option for him.

My personal opinion is that both Palat and Gourde sit slightly ahead of Killorn in terms of what they bring to a team and who Seattle will likely have the most interest in. If I was a betting man, I'd put my money on Yanni Gourde to be selected by Seattle on Wednesday.
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PLAYOFFS
2020-2021GPGAPTS
NIKITA KUCHEROV
2382432
BRAYDEN POINT
2314923
VICTOR HEDMAN
2321618
STEVEN STAMKOS
2381018
ALEXANDER KILLORN
198917
WILLIAM KARLSSON
1941216
NICK SUZUKI
227916
NATHAN MACKINNON
108715
DAVID PASTRNAK
117815
MATHEW BARZAL
196814
TYLER TOFFOLI
225914
MIKKO RANTANEN
105813
GABRIEL LANDESKOG
104913
JOSH BAILEY
196713
ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER
195813
JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU
1931013
ONDREJ PALAT
235813
BRAD MARCHAND
118412
CHARLIE MCAVOY
1111112
BROCK NELSON
197512
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YESTERDAY
JULY 7, 2021 G A PTS
ROSS COLTON
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RYAN MCDONAGH
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DAVID SAVARD
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JOSH ANDERSON
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JOEL ARMIA
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PAUL BYRON
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COLE CAUFIELD
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ERIK CERNAK
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BEN CHIAROT
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ANTHONY CIRELLI
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