Previously, Mark Giordano had served as the 1st Captain in franchise history. Unfortunately for Giordano, he was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs at last season’s trade deadline.
Who could serve as the Kraken’s captain this year?
The Kraken, still being a new team in the league, need solid on-ice leadership in order to be successful, and here, we will talk about three potential candidates that could have the ‘C’ stitched on their sweaters this coming season for Seattle.
#1. Jordan Eberle
Jordan Eberle was selected by Seattle after the New York Islanders left him exposed for the expansion draft. It turned out not to be a bad pick for Seattle, as Eberle scored 21 goals and 23 assists for the Kraken this season.
Eberle exemplifies leadership on and off the ice, and he was named one of the first alternate captains of the Kraken in their inaugural season.
#2. Yanni Gourde
Just like Eberle, Yanni Gourde was picked up in the expansion draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning and showed to be one of Seattle’s best players in their first season in the league.
On-ice performance aside, he is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion from his time with the Lightning and brings all of that experience to a Kraken team that struggled to find its identity in its first season.
#3. Jaden Schwartz
Jaden Schwartz was one of Seattle’s first big free agency signings when the free agent frenzy opened in the 2021 off-season.
Schwartz brings 597 NHL games of experience to Seattle’s lineup and was a Stanley Cup Champion in 2019 with his former team, the St. Louis Blues. In addition to all of that, he also wore an ‘A’ on his sweater last season for the Kraken.
And there you have it! All three of these guys would be solid captains in the NHL, and for a team like the Seattle Kraken that is still new and looking for an identity in the league, having one of these guys as captain could go a long way in the future.