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.

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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 Appleton F Jets Expansion draft
Alex Barre-Boulet F Lightning Waivers
Nathan Bastian F Devils Expansion draft
Ryan Donato F Sharks Free agency
Jordan Eberle F Islanders Expansion draft
Morgan Geekie F Hurricanes Expansion draft
Marcus Johansson F Wild Free agency
Kole Lind F Canucks Expansion draft
Jaden Schwartz F Blues Free agency
Riley Sheahan F Sabres Free agency
Brandon Tanev F Penguins Expansion draft
Alexander Wennberg F Panthers Free agency
Alexander True F Sharks Expansion draft
Will Borgen D Sabres Expansion draft
Dennis Cholowski D Red Wings Expansion draft
Vince Dunn D Blues Expansion draft
Haydn Fleury D Ducks Expansion draft
Mark Giordano D Flames Expansion draft
Adam Larsson D Oilers Expansion draft
Jeremy Lauzon D Bruins Expansion draft
Carson Soucy D Wild Expansion draft
Chris Driedger G Panthers Expansion draft
Philipp Grubauer G Avalanche Free agency

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

Colin Blackwell F Rangers Expansion draft
Joonas Donskoi* F Avalanche Expansion draft
Yanni Gourde F Lightning Expansion draft
Calle Jarnkrok* F Penguins Expansion draft
Jared McCann* F Maple Leafs Expansion draft
Jamie Oleksiak* D Stars Expansion draft

*In COVID-19 protocol.

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