NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Conference finals preview
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by Blaiz Grubic
4d ago
With four teams remaining, the conference finals are upon us. In the second round, we saw some great hockey with three series going to six games and one going to seven. For full transparency, I did not do well at predicting the outcomes in my series previews for Round 2, picking just one correct winner out of four. Oops! The Edmonton Oilers were the only correct pick, but I had called out that the remaining series had no clear-cut favorites. Now, we will preview the two conference finals series, give an update on the Sound Of Hockey Patreon Bracket Challenge, and provide some additional Stanle ..read more
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Which young Kraken players could factor into the NHL roster next season?
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by Darren Brown
1w ago
As we put a bow on “Prospect Week” here at Sound Of Hockey, I’ve been thinking about the promise of the Seattle Kraken prospect pool and how quickly we might see some of its members begin to have an impact on the NHL club. As we know, most of the players we’ve highlighted in our various stories over the past seven days are at least a year away from taking a shift with the Kraken (if they ever make it). However, we do believe some individuals could get time with the big club as early as next season, joining fellow youngsters like Matty Beniers and Tye Kartye who are locks to return to the roste ..read more
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Sound Table – Discussing the Seattle Kraken prospect pool
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by Darren Brown
1w ago
With “Prospect Week” still in full swing here at Sound Of Hockey, welcome to our Sound Table discussion focused on the status of the current prospect pool of the Seattle Kraken. With three drafts worth of prospects plus a host of free-agent signings now in the fold for the organization, we are going to delve into the strengths, challenges, and potential of the team’s prospects. If you have thoughts or opinions on any of the discussion topics, don’t hesitate to share them with us in the comments section. Were there any surprises in the content we published over the week? Curtis Isacke: I’ll tak ..read more
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2023-24 postseason Sound Of Hockey consensus Seattle Kraken prospect ranking
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by Curtis Isacke
1w ago
We’ve reached the apex of Sound Of Hockey Prospect Week. Over the last two days, we dug into the data on Kraken prospects and team prospect pools around the league. Today, we present our 2023-24 postseason Sound Of Hockey consensus Seattle Kraken prospect ranking.  Today’s ranking answers a simple question: How do we rank Seattle’s top 10 prospects? The only criteria we put on it is that the player must be younger than 25 years old and have played fewer than 50 NHL games. Beyond that, we were free to arrive at our lists however we saw fit–eye test, data, phase of the moon, you name it. Wh ..read more
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Jagger Firkus, Moose Jaw Warriors headed to Memorial Cup
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by Cameron Riggers
1w ago
The Moose Jaw Warriors are headed to the Memorial Cup for the first time in franchise history, and one of the Seattle Kraken’s highly touted prospects is going with them. Moose Jaw took down the Portland Winterhawks in Game 4 of the WHL Championship Series 4-2 on Wednesday night, sweeping aside the Winterhawks in four games. Junior phenom Jagger Firkus helped the Warriors to lift the Ed Chynoweth Cup on home ice. The WHL Player of the Year has more hardware! Jagger Firkus is a WHL Champion!@MJWARRIORS | @SeattleKraken | #WHLChampionship | #FeedingtheFuture pic.twitter.com/j4JEA3BCAG — The W ..read more
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A data-only ranking of every 2023-24 NHL-affiliated prospect and team prospect pools
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by Curtis Isacke
1w ago
Sound Of Hockey Prospect Week continues with today’s venture, a 2023-24 update on our truly reckless project from last offseason, ranking every NHL-affiliated skater prospect (both drafted and signed players) that meet two criteria entering the 2023-24 season. These players must (1) be younger than 25 years old, and (2) have played fewer than 50 NHL games. In addition, we’ll layer in some organization-level comparisons to investigate how the 32 NHL teams stack up. As described yesterday when we looked at Seattle’s prospects through a similar lens, our “data-only” ranking is built on Thibaud Ch ..read more
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A data-only ranking of 2023-24 Seattle Kraken prospects
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by Curtis Isacke
1w ago
Welcome to Prospect Week at Sound Of Hockey. All week we’ll bring you content about the players that will be the future of the Seattle Kraken and other teams around the NHL. Today, I’ll kick things off with a “data-only” ranking of Seattle’s skater prospects. This “data-only” ranking is built on Thibaud Chatel’s NHL equivalency research and uses only quantifiable measures: prospect points per game and strength of the player’s current league, with adjustments made by me for prospect age and positional value.  This approach is similar to what we did in making a data-based ranking of 2023 NH ..read more
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Sound Debate – Should the Seattle Kraken trade for Mitch Marner?
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by John Barr
1w ago
Welcome to Sound Debate! We’ve never tried this before, but John Barr and I (Darren Brown) have enjoyed conversing offline about whether or not the Seattle Kraken should pursue embattled Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner this offseason. Here, we’ve put that discourse into a written format to discuss why Seattle should or shouldn’t attempt to land the high-scoring winger. To give some context, Marner is an elite playmaking winger and part of the “core four” in Toronto who has come within spitting distance of 100 points on three separate occasions in his eight-year NHL career. His regular ..read more
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Kraken prospects Jagger Firkus and Tyson Jugnauth set to meet in WHL Championship Series
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by Cameron Riggers
2w ago
Two Seattle Kraken prospects, Jagger Firkus and Tyson Jugnauth, are set to face one another in the WHL Championship Series. The winner of the seven-game series will go on to the Memorial Cup, a four-team tournament held annually to determine the champion of the entire CHL. Seven current members of the Kraken organization have participated in the Memorial Cup tournament in years past, Philipp Grubauer, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Marian Studenic, Ryan Winterton, Logan Morrison, Cale Fleury, and Tucker Robertson. Grubauer won the tournament with the Windsor Spitfires in 2010. Now, one more member of the ..read more
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Seattle will have pick No. 8 in the 2024 NHL Draft; who could the Kraken select?
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by Curtis Isacke
2w ago
On June 28, 2024, Macklin Celebrini will (in all likelihood) hear his name called by the San Jose Sharks as the first overall pick in the 2024 NHL Draft. The Sharks will have the opportunity to make this pick from the stage at Sphere Las Vegas because it won the 2024 NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday. While Celebrini does not have quite the generational talent level of a player like Connor Bedard, he is a high-end, organization-changing player any team would love to have. Celebrini, who played for the Jr. Sharks in 2019-20 while his father worked for the Golden State Warriors, will soon take his ta ..read more
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