The Seattle Kraken are the center of the hockey world today as they prepare for the announcement of their NHL expansion draft picks at 5 p.m.

Kraken expansion draft: Salk’s dream team from available players

While Seattle’s 30 picks won’t be made official publicly until then, reports are flying from NHL insiders on what choices the Kraken have made.

First, a quick primer on the expansion draft itself. The Seattle Kraken get to pick one player each from 30 of the 31 other NHL franchise, with the Las Vegas Golden Knights the lone exception as they are just four seasons into existence after their own expansion draft. The other NHL teams had to submit their protected lists ahead of a deadline Saturday, and they had the options of protecting either seven forwards, three defensemen and a goalie (11 total players) or eight skaters and one goalie (nine total). You can view the full protected and unprotected lists here. The Kraken, led by general manager Ron Francis, then had until 7 a.m. Wednesday to submit their picks to the league.

The Kraken are holding an event at Seattle’s Gas Works Park starting at 5 p.m. to announce their picks. We will have coverage on 710 ESPN Seattle with hosts Bob Stelton and Mike Salk joined by NHL Network insider Jon Morosi, a frequent 710 guest, to provide analysis.

Here’s a look at what hockey insiders have reported about potential Kraken choices.

Seattle Kraken expansion draft reports

• Calgary captain Mark Giordano will be Seattle’s selection from the Flames, according to Salim Nadim Valji of TSN.

• Frank Seravalli of reports that the Kraken have settled on three goaltenders: Chris Driedger from Florida, Vitek Vanecek from Washington, and Joey Daccord from Ottawa.

• Servavalli has …read more

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