Oliver Bjorkstand trade changes Seattle Kraken dynamic
Friday, the Seattle Kraken traded for Oliver Bjorkstrand. His arrival changes the entire look of the team’s forward group.
Earlier today, I told my editor that I would love to see the Seattle Kraken make a play for Tyler Motte. He’s a good hard-hitting,
grinding forward and still in his mid-20s That was about 15 minutes before the Kraken announced they traded for winger Oliver
Bjorkstrand from Columbus. The situation changed drastically TRADE: THE #SEAKRAKEN HAVE ACQUIRED OLIVER BJORKSTRAND FROM
COLUMBUS IN EXCHANGE FOR A 2023 THIRD ROUND PICK (VIA CALGARY) AND A 2023 FOURTH ROUND PICK (VIA WINNIPEG).
READ MORE → HTTPS://T.CO/HDAYSHZQ8R PIC.TWITTER.COM/KFIYE2Q4X2 — SEATTLE KRAKEN (@SEATTLEKRAKEN) JULY 22, 2022
It was a big trade with an awesome reward. Seattle gave up only a third (from Calgary) and a fourth (from Winnipeg)
for someone who potted 28 goals along with 29 assists last season. And Bjorkstrand also played his junior
days in Portland, so he’s familiar with the Pacific Northwest. Talk about a win The New Kraken Order Bjorkstrand and either Jared McCann
or Andre Burakovsky can make a good top line with Matty Beniers. And the second line is Seattle’s first all-star Jordan Eberle and
Jaden Schwartz flanking either Yanni Gourde or possibly Shane Wright Right now, the Seattle Kraken have 14 NHL forwards without
resigning restricted free agent Morgan Geekie. The only rostered forward that probably won’t be in the opening night lineup is John Hayden.
To open some roster space, Seattle could trade Schwartz, which also saves them $5.5M per season through 2025-26. Or they could trade Donskoi somewhere.
If they don’t trade away a forward, it’s bad news for Kole Lind. Karson Kuhlman likely sticks around because he’s type