If you are the type of person who appreciates suspense, the Seattle Kraken draft must have seemed like a massive missed opportunity. The Kraken made their selections in the morning, and before noon almost all selections had been leaked.
Including in those leaks, the Seattle Kraken have drafted Tyler Pitlick from the Arizona Coyotes.
Pitlick signed a two-year, $3.5 million contract last offseason with the Coyotes. In 38 games with the Desert Dogs, he had 6 goals and 5 assists and was a -1.
The selection isn’t very surprising. Most people speculated it would be either Christian Fischer or Tyler Pitlick, and the Kraken selected Pitlick.
Craig Morgan reporting that the Kraken will look to trade Pitlick makes this decision all the clearer. Pitlick likely has more name recognition around the league, having played longer and for some big market teams. And considering the Kraken were reportedly interested in flipping Adin Hill, it makes sense they would be looking for another player to shop.
Tyler Pitlick does leave a hole for the Coyotes. He brought some scoring to the bottom-six, and more importantly, he added some grit. Bill Armstrong has a lot of work to do this offseason, and replacing Pitlick is just another thing on the list.