Puck Prose Staff Roundtable: Who Won The 2022 NHL Trade Deadline?

Ryan Strome #16, New York Rangers (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Mark Giordano #5, Seattle Kraken
Mark Giordano #5, Seattle Kraken (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

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.