Seattle Kraken, rookie camp

Kraken Make 10 Roster Changes; Top Pick Culture Shock?

The Kraken will skate two groups at 10 am on Wednesday, with group-1 on the main sheet at the Kraken Community Iceplex.

A handful of players will no longer be in the building.

Seven of the prospects head off to junior hockey, but Kraken fans won’t have to travel far to watch a couple of them play.

Lukas Dragicevic, Seattle’s 2nd-round, 57th-overall pick this summer, rejoins the Tri-City Americans where the right-shot defenseman posted 75 points in 68 games last season.

Local fans can keep an eye on another righty D-man as Kaden Hammell zips up the road to play again for the Everett Silvertips. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound, 18-year-old was a 5th-round pick of the Kraken this summer.

Both of those players grew up in British Columbia.

Alberta native Jagger Firkus also jumps back into Western Hockey League action with the Moose Jaw Warriors. The prolific scorer finished with 88 points in 66 games last season.

Kraken’s Top Pick

The most interesting journey and potential eye-opening experience will be for the Kraken’s 1st-round pick this summer, 20th-overall selection Eduard Sale.

The Brno, Czechia native will be playing full-time in North America for the first time. He joins the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. Depending on traffic, that’s about a 40-minute drive due north of Toronto.

Two other OHLers head back: winger Carson Rehkopf goes to the Kitchener Rangers while center David Goyette travels back to the Sudbury Wolves. Rehkopf was a Kraken 2nd-rounder this summer while Goyette went in the same round the summer before.

Finally, Belarus native Andrei Loshko continues to work on learning a new language or two as the 2023 4th-round pick returns to the Quebec Major Junior League to play for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. It’s a new club for the lefty center, he spent the last two QMJHL years with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens where he was a point-a-game player last season.

FIrebirds Camp

Three 1st-time professionals were moved out of Kraken training camp as well. Russian center Maxim Andreev, goalie Jaxson Castor, and center Kyle Jackson were sent to Coachella Valley’s AHL camp. Castor actually appeared in two games for the Florida Everblades of the ECHL after he wrapped up school at St. Cloud State (Minnesota) this past spring.

Jackson is the only one of the three to be a Kraken draft pick; he was a 7th-rounder in 2022.


Women Take To The Bench For The Kraken And Penguins

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Training Camp scrimmage.

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