There are a number of really good defensemen coming up in the Blackhawks’ system, and they have some guys on the backend that will need new contracts within a few years.
This could leave a big-bodied player exposed for the expansion draft, and one that Seattle might want to grab. Connor Murphy is 6’4 and 212 pounds, and while he is not a defenseman that is going to put up points every night, he is a presence on the ice that any team would like to have.
While Murphy only has two years left on his contract, there are other defensemen that the Blackhawks will want to extend as well, which could leave Murphy the odd one out.
Combined with the fact that there are guys like Ian Mitchell waiting in the wings for a spot on the Hawks, Murphy may be one of those guys that Chicago is okay losing. Although he is one of the only big guys on the team right now, they added some size in the 2020 Entry Draft with Louis Crevier.
I think the chances of the Kraken picking a guy like Murphy really depends on how much size and physicality they will have taken from other teams. If most of their team ends up being built around skill and speed, a big defensive defenseman would likely be a smart pick for the NHL’s newest club.