The Seattle Kraken threw a curveball at the LA Kings by surprisingly selecting defenseman Kurtis MacDermid in the expansion draft.

The LA Kings have reportedly learned who they’re losing to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft.

It wasn’t Andreas Athanasiou, or Carl Grundstrom, or Kale Clague. According to Frank Seravalli, the Kraken took defenseman Kurtis MacDermid from the Kings.

MacDermid was signed by the Kings as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and debuted with the team in the 2017-18 season. The 27-year-old recorded 17 points (6-11-17) and 151 penalty minutes in 118 games over parts of four seasons with the Kings, including two goals, two assists, and 36 PIMs in 28 games this past season.

MacDermid is big, physical, and mean, but his lack of footspeed and skill was often exposed at the NHL level, which made him an unexpected target by the Kraken.

The LA Kings could move down in this Friday night’s NHL draft

4 thoughts

  1. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think the real issue with Clague is that he is out of options. So if he isn’t with the big club full time, he is exposed to waivers and can be claimed if sent down. Hopefully he will show in camp that he is ready to play full time in the nhl

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