Beniers, who was selected second overall in the 2021 NHL Draft, was the Kraken's first-ever draft pick in 2021.
“We’re excited to welcome Matty to our organization,” said Kraken general manager Ron Francis in an official statement. “He capped off a productive career at Michigan with a trip to the Frozen Four and has impressed our staff over the past couple of years with his leadership and strong two-way game. We’re looking forward to working with him as he takes the next step in his development.”
Beniers finished his sophomore season with Michigan by recording 43 points (20 goals, 23 assists) in 37 games, which led all Michigan skaters and tied for 12th in the NCAA.