There has been plenty of speculation ahead of Wednesday's NHL Expansion Draft about who will be chosen by the Kraken. However, for Blackhawks fans, the picture is reportedly becoming more clear with the Kraken choosing an off-the-board name. Per reports, the Seattle Kraken will select forward John Quenneville in Wednesday's expansion draft.
We examined who could possibly be the expansion casualty to the Kraken earlier this week. That said, it feels like there was a lot of speculation for little concern. Quenneville has been a servicable player in his career, but his loss is nothing compared to names such as Calvin de Haan, Ryan Carpenter, and even RFA Nikita Zadorov.
With the lack of a significant loss, the Blackhawks can keep their roster intact while potentially landing assets for the rights to defenseman Nikita Zadorov. The Blackhawks were rumored to be interested in moving him before the NHL trade freeze. If that's the case, retaining his rights heading into the NHL Entry Draft provides an opportunity to recoup assets.
The Blackhawks can now move ahead with their offseason knowing Quenneville is the expansion casualty. As mentioned, without a significant loss, the Blackhawks are in a better position than most teams entering the expansion draft.
John Quenneville was drafted by the New Jersey Devils with the 30th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. Quenneville played his minor hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL. He spent three seasons in the Devils' organization, only playing 33 games in the NHL. Most of his time was spent in the AHL with the Albany/Binghamton Devils.
On June 22, 2019, the Blackhawks received John Quenneville from the Devils in exchange for forward John Hayden. At the time, both players needed a change of scenery. However, Quenneville still couldn't stick in the NHL, spending most of his time with the Rockford IceHogs.
Quenneville was pointless in nine games with the Blackhawks back in 2019-20. However, in 52 games over two seasons with the IceHogs, Quenneville has 14 goals and 10 assists in that time.
Based on rumors and reports, it seems like the name of the game for Seattle is flexibility. They are reportedly in on a lot of free agents and cheaper contracts in order to create flexibility to make trades and signings as free agency opens. Per reports, the next 48 hours will be crazy in the hockey world. So buckle up hockey fans, things are about to get wild.