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The Seattle Kraken are focused on putting the opening season behind them.
Kraken finished (27-49-6) with the third-worst record in the National Hockey League last season. They also tied for 28th place per game (2.60), 29th place in power play (14.6 per cent) and 30th place in penalty kicks (74.9 per cent).
“It’s a results-based league, so our job is to show improvement in everything we’ve done,” Kraken coach Dave Haxtall said. “At the end of the day, everyone is very competitive and you want to compete, play in the meaningful times and play meaningful games in the main time of the regular season and compete to be in the playoffs and have that opportunity.”
In order to take a step closer to that, the Kraken team has brought in new faces this season, including the strikers Oliver Björkstrand (Acquired in trade with Columbus Blue Jackets July 22) and Andrei Burakovsky (She signed a five-year contract on July 13), defender Justin Schultz (signed a two-year contract on July 13) and goalkeeper Martin Jones (She signed a two-year contract on July 13.)
“I can imagine, after what Vegas [had] Finished (qualifying to the 2018 Stanley Cup Final) and then joined the league, I’m sure they were [having] Bjorkstrand said of Kraken the high expectations of them are doing a good job. “Unfortunately for them, it has not been done like that. So I would say the expectations for this year are different. But as a group, you have to go in and prove people wrong now and prove to them that you have a good team.”
She also hopes to make an impact this season is the center Matty Penners. The No. 2 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft was nine points (three goals, six assists) in 10 games, and Seattle’s offensive improved when the 19-year-old arrived after agreeing to a three-year entry contract on April 10. The Kraken scored 2.90 goals per game and converted 17.2 percent on strong play with the Beners, up from 2.56 goals per game and 14.1 percent on strong play in their first 72 games.
Benners could join Seattle this season via striker Shane Wright4th pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.
“He’s very fit for us,” Haxtoll said of the 18-year-old. “…I’ve been really impressed with the way his summer has gone since the days after the draft went through development camp (in July) and now I’m looking forward to training camp. Just really focusing on the current job every single day… and I feel really good about where he is and really confident what he’s doing.”
It’s imperative to ask a couple of teens to help the Kraken improve their goals, especially in 5-on-5, where Seattle ranked 28th with 152 goals. In 5-on-5, Burakowski scored 18 of his 22 goals and Björkstrand scored 16 of 28, health returns for the attackers Jaden Schwartz And the Brandon Tanev You must also provide a boost.
More attacking, and more time in the attacking area in general, should take the pressure off the goalkeepers. Philip Grubauer Expected to be #1, with Jones serving as backup during Chris Dredger recovering from surgery on June 6 to repair a torn ACL in his right knee; With recovery expected to take 7-9 months, he will likely miss at least the first three months of the season.
Grubauer was 18-31-5 in 55 games last season, and his 0.889 save percentage was the worst in his 10 seasons in the National Hockey League.
“A lot of focus is on goalkeeper numbers, our goalkeeper numbers have to be better… [but] We also want to empower goalkeepers by giving them more margin for error as well,” said Haxtool.
Schultz may be helping with that, as Haxtool described it as “a very good puck drive that gets you out of the zone.”
The 32-year-old has won the Stanley Cup twice with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2016, 2017) and will provide another veteran voice in the locker room.
“When I look at the squad, I definitely feel like a team that could be competitive,” Björkstrand said. “But just because you look at the roster and the players on the team, you think it’s going to be competitive, you still have to go out and do it…re good enough to get to[the Stanley Cup playoffs]and that should be your goal. And again, given the List, I think we’re allowed to make that kind of thinking.”