Huge week in the NHL offseason with the Seattle Kraken expansion draft on Wednesday and the entry draft on Friday/Saturday.
The Kraken can pick one player that the Wild currently own the rights to that is not on the protected list. Based on CapFriendly's Expansion Draft Simulator Tool, here's everyone available:
Soucy is probably the most enticing player for Seattle here, but it's hard to predict how the Kraken will construct the rest of their roster (finding centers better than Rask in an expansion draft might be harder than it seems it should be ... so maybe?)
There aren't really any exciting free agents or minor league prospects for Seattle to dip into - Brennan Menell scored a bunch of points two years ago and played well in Russia, but if Seattle is picking D they probably go Soucy.
LATE EDIT TO ADD - as the draft gets closer, it feels like there is consensus that Kahkonen is the likely pick.
For the entry draft, the Wild have two first round picks (for now) and five picks in the first three rounds. No NHL- ready players to be had at those draft slots, and its hard to predict who will be available that deep into the draft, so there's lots of available names.
I kind of want them to take a defenseman, but mostly because I've convinced myself that the organizational pipeline is a little thin at the blue line.
That third year (2023-2024) could get a little hairy on the blue line. No Dumba, prospects likely still a year out at least, and much less cap room (don't know if you heard, but there will be some dead cap money at that point)
— Wild_Whangdoodle (@WWhangdoodle) July 16, 2021