Jimmy Lynch – Seattle Kraken
I am going outside the box on my winner. Rather than talk about a team that really bought at the deadline, I am talking about a team that sold. The Seattle Kraken did not have the best introduction into the league, to say the least, but their moves around the deadline were definitely a good start.
The Kraken brought in a few players like Victor Rask and Daniel Sprong, but their big addition had to be the four second-round picks and two third-rounders they added. A lot of the moves ahead on this list will be decided in the postseason, but for the Kraken, their decision will be later on in the draft next year and a few years later.
Seattle gave themselves more opportunities to draft and bring in talent further down the line, and while they had to give up a lot to do it, a lot of those pieces were gone at the end of the season anyway.
There were a few other rebuilding teams that did a really strong job at the deadline, but considering up to this point the Kraken hadn’t had a lot to be confident about, this was a good day.