Looking at the draft board, the Kraken are not looking for flashy plays like the Blackhawks.
The Chicago Blackhawks are a fast, skilled team with very few players who hit and scrap. Based on the draft board, the Seattle Kraken look to be the complete opposite.
Looking down the list, the Kraken are tall, heavy, and known for being scrappy and physical. They are also quite capable of putting the puck in the net using heavy screens. The Blackhawks do not have many big defensemen (or big players in general) so this will be a huge problem. This hockey team is GIANT, so you can bet that physicality will be the name of the game.
The problem? The Blackhawks HAVE to add size this season and bulk up. If they don’t, teams like the Kraken will destroy them, injuring their young stars with no repercussions. Names like Kurtis MacDermid, Jamie Oleksiak, Jeremy Lauzon, Vince Dunn, Brandon Tanev… There will be fights almost every game. The Blackhawks need to look to add more size to the franchise or at the very least add some enforcers. Patrick Kane, Kirby Dach, and Alex Debrincat will be targeted and Adam Boqvist will be hit every time he touches the puck from the aggressive Kraken forecheck.
This team had a tough time boxing out, or keeping the opposition away from their net. Defensive positioning has to be on point against every team, but the Kraken more than others. They do not have the skill as the Lightning or Avalanche, but they have guys who can score dirty goals. They WILL crash the net, and the Blackhawks need to be ready for it.
I honestly don’t know how well the Blackhawks will fare against the Kraken… They are big, physical, and fast. They will forecheck to no end and wear you down throughout the game, a la Montreal Canadiens, but much bigger. The Blackhawks could either beat them with skill and speed as the Kraken don’t look to be a fast team, or they will be dominated by physicality.