Prospect Rankings

ECH Seattle Kraken Prospect Rankings

Criteria to qualify for prospect rankings:

  • Must be younger than 23 years old for skaters, 25 years old for goalies
  • Cannot have played more than 10 NHL games
  • Must be either under contract or drafted by the Kraken

(Last updated July 24th, 2021)

1. Matty Beniers (C)

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Acquired: 2021 Entry Draft, 1st Round, #2 overall

Age: 18 (November 5th, 2002)

Most recent team: University of Michigan Wolverines (NCAA)

Previous Ranking: N/A

7/24/21 – Beniers instantly jumped to the top spot in the Kraken’s prospect rankings when Seattle picked him with their first ever entry draft pick. Beniers will compete for an NHL roster spot in September but is more likely to return to a stacked Michigan team for his sophomore season. While questions remain about Beniers’ scoring potential, he projects to be one of the most valuable centers in the NHL eventually. His defense and motor will serve both the Kraken and himself well for years and he’ll be wearing a letter on his chest soon.

2. Kole Lind (RW)

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Acquired: Expansion Draft

Age: 22 (October 16th, 1998)

Most recent team: Vancouver Canucks (NHL)

Previous Ranking: N/A

7/24/21 – Lind was the Kraken’s pick from the Vancouver Canucks in this July’s expansion draft. At 22 years old, Lind was the Kraken’s second-youngest expansion draft pick and just barely makes the cut for this list, having played seven career NHL games. While Lind was held without a point in his NHL stint last season, he impressed in the AHL, scoring eight points in as many games with the Utica Comets.

3. Ryker Evans (D)

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Acquired: 2021 Entry Draft, 2nd Round, #35 overall

Age: 19 (December 13th, 2001)

Most recent team: Regina Pats (WHL)

Previous Ranking: N/A

7/24/21 – Ryker Evans joins the Kraken’s prospect rankings after becoming the first defenseman the Kraken have ever selected in an NHL Entry Draft. The 2nd round pick was seen as a bit of a reach by some, but others pointed out Evans being ranked very highly by predictive models. This pick has Alexandra Mandrycky and the Kraken’s analytics team all over it. Evans projects as a slightly undersized puck-moving defenseman with playmaking ability.

4. Ryan Winterton (C)

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Acquired: 2021 Entry Draft, 3rd Round, #67 overall

Age: 17 (September 4th, 2003)

Most recent team: Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)

Previous Ranking: N/A

7/24/21 – At 17 years old, Winterton became the youngest player in the Seattle Kraken system when the Kraken drafted him in the 3rd round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. He lost the entire 2020-21 season due to the OHL shutting down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He did, however, play for Canada at the U-18 Worlds in a fourth line role.

5. Ville Ottavainen (D)

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Acquired: 2021 Entry Draft, 4th Round, #99 overall

Age: 18 (August 12th, 2002)

Most recent team: JyP HT Jyvaskyla (SM-liiga)

Previous Ranking: N/A

7/24/21 – Ottavainen fits in with the theme of Ron Francis selecting large blueliners for the Kraken early on. The Finnish defenseman is listed at 6’5 and 210lbs, making him the tallest and heaviest Kraken prospect. Ottavainen played for the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers in 2019-20 and played 24 total games in two levels of Finnish hockey last season.

6. Jacob Melanson (RW)

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Acquired: 2021 Entry Draft, 5th Round, #131 overall

Age: 18 (April 22nd, 2003)

Most recent team: Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)

Previous Ranking: N/A

7/24/21 – The Kraken’s 2021 5th round pick opens at 6th on our prospect rankings. Melanson scored 19 points in 18 games last season with the Titan in the QMJHL. He described himself as a two-way forward and said that his physical presence is the biggest part of his game.

7. Luke Henman (C)

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Acquired: Signed as free agent May 12th, 2021

Age: 21 (April, 29th, 2000)

Most recent team: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL)

Previous Ranking: #1

7/24/21 – Henman falls from the top spot in our Kraken prospect rankings by virtue of no longer being Seattle’s only prospect. He’s further along in his development than some of the names above him but lacks the upside that the 18-year-olds have. Look for him to compete for a big AHL role this September.

5/12/21 – The Kraken made Henman their first player in franchise history when they signed him to a three year entry-level contract on May 12th, 2021. As the Kraken’s first player, Henman instantly moves into the top spot in our Kraken Prospect Rankings.

8. Semyon Vyazovoi (G)

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Acquired: 2021 Entry Draft, 6th Round, #163 overall

Age: 18 (February 26th, 2003)

Most recent team: Tolpar Ufa (MHL)

Previous Ranking: N/A

7/24/21 – Vyazovoi, the first goalie ever drafted by Seattle, instantly becomes the Kraken’s top goalie prospect. He spent last season with Tolpar Ufa in the Russian junior league, the MHL. His 2.06 goals against average tied for 1st in the MHL among goalies of his age group.

9. Justin Janicke (LW)

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Acquired: 2021 Entry Draft, 7th Round, #195 overall

Age: 18 (June 30th, 2003)

Most recent team: US NTDP (USHL)

Previous Ranking: N/A

7/24/21 – Janicke was the Kraken’s final pick of the 2021 Entry Draft. He had 10 points in 18 games last season with the US National Team Development Program. Janicke projects as a 4th liner.