The Seattle Kraken were one of the best teams in the Western Conference last season. They earned the first playoff berth in franchise history and they made a little bit of a run. Although they came up short of being a Stanley Cup team, they have high hopes for the future.
Of course, they have some absolute studs on the team. Guys like Matty Beniers, Jared McCann, and Jordan Eberle amongst others are going to do their thing which is always expected but the depth is what can be the difference for a team like this.
Seattle had tons of depth in 2022-23 but they might have even more coming into 2023-24 which is very fun to think about. There is a chance that they are just as good this season.
If they are going to play that well as a team, however, they need a few of these depth players to explode as well as the stars. These are the three under-the-radar players that need to dominate this season for Seattle to succeed:
1. Philipp Grubauer
Philipp Grubauer is a great goalie that the Seattle Kraken needs badly.
Philipp Grubauer was an outstanding goalie at one point in his career. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been quite as good with the Seattle Kraken so far.
In all of his years with the Washington Capitals and Colorado Avalanche, he never had a save percentage below .900 but has in both years with Seattle.
This year, Grubauer needs to dominate if he wants to keep his job as the starter. He also has to dominate so that the Kraken can remain a good team.
They might not get away with suspect goaltending for the second year in a row so he needs to improve again.
If he gets back to his old ways behind this Seattle team, they should absolutely be a playoff team again. With the defense that Seattle will have in front of him, he should be able to play very well. This is his net coming into the season and it would be nice to see him retain it.