The Kraken’s 30 picks were scheduled to be in the NHL by 10 a.m. ET. At 8:58 a.m. ET, the first tweet went out.
“The first word is that #SeaKraken is getting closer to contracts with two UFA defenders: Adam Larsson (EDM) and Jamie Oleksiak (DAL),” Daily Faceoff insider and president of hockey content Frank Seravalli tweeted.
After that, the floodgates were open. As of 12:30 p.m. ET, 29 of the 30 picks were released.
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Of course, that left a lot of people scratching their heads as ESPN is set to air the expansion project. The reveal is the network’s first major production since the return of NHL broadcast rights to the United States. Now they have 90 minutes to fill in the plot and the drama pretty much, well, gone.
There are rumors that the deals were plentiful, but until that was assured, Twitter did its best to help the producer fill out the show’s recap – and made a few jokes.
With @SeattleKraken The expansion draft picks have all apparently been disclosed already, tonight on ESPN2, the NHL will share a brief rundown of the AES roster, then fill in the remaining 85 minutes of airtime explaining the goalkeeper interference start.
– Scouting The Refs (@ScoutingTheRefs) July 21, 2021
ESPN – We paid a ton of money to reclaim the NHL rights and as our reintroduction to all hockey fans we will have an expansion draft special with all the picks, so much suspense !!!
Frank Seravalli – Hold my beer
– Dan Silver (@ dsilver88) July 21, 2021