The Minnesota Wild had to lose a player to the Seattle Kraken in the NHL’s expansion draft Wednesday, but it might not have been the one most people thought it would be.
The Kraken, who start play next season, selected defenseman Carson Soucy from the Wild. Seattle could pick just one player from each team and had to remain under the league’s salary cap.
The majority of those doing mock drafts thought goalie Kaapo Kahkonen would be the Wild player headed to Seattle.
Instead, it was defenseman Soucy, who signed a three-year, $8.25 million contract extension last October.
Forwards Nick Bjugstad and Victor Rask as well as pending free agents such as forwards Nick Bonino and Marcus Johansson and defenseman Ian Cole were also available to be taken by the Kraken..
Soucy, who played collegiately at Minnesota Duluth, appeared in 50 games for Minnesota this past season, recording one goal and 16 assists. His plus-22 led all Wild players. In addition, the 6-foot-5, 211-pound blueliner’s 62 hits were fifth on the team and second among defensemen.
In 108 career games with Minnesota, Soucy tallied eight goals and 23 assists.
With the buyout of Ryan Suter, Minnesota has three defensemen left from its roster last season: Jonas Brodin, Matt Dumba and Jared Spurgeon (all three players were protected in the expansion draft). Cole and Brad Hunt are both unrestricted free agents. The Wild also have youngster Calen Allison, who played in three games in both the regular season and playoffs.