He zipped up to the very top and raised a Seattle Kraken flag high over the city.
“It’s absolutely gorgeous up here,” said Hakstol, the former UND coach and inaugural Seattle Kraken coach.
When the flag reached the top, Hakstol looked away and said, “Let’s go!”
It was, indeed, time to go for the Kraken on Wednesday as they finally selected their initial roster during a 90-minute, made-for-TV NHL Expansion Draft.
All 30 picks — one player from each NHL team except the Vegas Golden Knights — were revealed during an event at Gas Works Park adjacent to Lake Union in Seattle.
The themes were clear: Seattle went heavy on defense (they selected 15 forwards, 12 defensemen and three goalies) and they left themselves a ton of salary cap space to allow for future maneuvering.
“To see this board fill up really brings it into focus for a lot of us,” Hakstol said at the event. “I can’t wait to get going.”
The Kraken picked 10 former college players but none from UND.
Former UND alternate captain Troy