With the memories of the Vegas Golden Knights making the Stanley Cup Finals in their inaugural season, it probably shouldn’t have come as a surprise when predictions appeared calling for the Seattle Kraken to also make the playoffs in their first year. It would appear that NHL fans aren’t particularly convinced that will be the case.
Between the team admittedly wanting to do things their way and not necessarily follow a Vegas blueprint, and the Kraken’s less than blockbuster start to the season, it has already soured many of you on the notion that Seattle has some playoff hockey coming next spring.
And so that brings us to the other part of the question from last week: “Do you think it’s fair to compare the Seattle Kraken to the 2017-18?’
I think this makes sense. After all, Vegas did a masterful job of setting themselves up through trades and deals to not take certain players, and robbing a few teams blind along the way. It’s logical that NHL GM’s weren’t going to trip over that same rock this time around.
It’s still early in the season, lots of hockey yet to be played, and the Kraken could very well prove these pundits correct in a division that appears to be wide open for a couple playoff slots. And with Vegas currently sitting last in the Pacific, off to the worst start in their short history, maybe it’s an opportunity for Seattle to step up?