The Seattle Kraken picked 20th overall in the first round and a three-time No. 2 pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft. This is who is likely heading to the Emerald City as picked in mock drafts.
It was a magical 2022-23 season for the Seattle Kraken. They scored 100 points, reached the playoffs, and eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champions before losing in the Western Conference semifinals.
As a result of their strong performance, Seattle has the 20th pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft as of Wednesday, June 28. General manager Ron Francis, his staff and scouts are hard at work adding to Kraken’s young core.
Pacific Northwest Sports has monitored the best mock drafts in the NHL. Our staff did the background work so our readers don’t have to search the web to determine who the Seattle Kraken will select when they’re on the watch.
This year we audited 35 different mock drafts. Eleven of them went through two rounds.
For accuracy and different points of view, we use a wide variety of sources. They include The Athletic, Sportsnet, ESPN, NHL.com, Bleacher Report, TSN and more.
Seattle Kraken Draft History
2023 is the Kraken’s third year in the Entry Draft. The team kicked off what will be a long tradition of adding quality amateur talent by taking Matty Beniers with the second overall pick in 2021.
Playing his first full NHL season last year, Beniers tallied 24 goals and 33 assists. His efforts earned him the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s 2023 Rookie of the Year.
Seattle followed up by drafting Shane Wright with its first pick in 2022. The super-talented forward didn’t find his footing as a pro, but he did captain Canada’s Gold Medal team at the World Youth Championship.