Report: Canucks to lose Kole Lind to Kraken in expansion draft

Vancouver Canucks forward Kole Lind (78) shoots the puck against Toronto Maple Leafs. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today)

The Seattle Kraken will be selecting Kole Lind from the Vancouver Canucks in the expansion draft, Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff reports.

Lind made his NHL debut last season with the Canucks, going pointless in seven games. The 22-year-old was selected by Vancouver in the second round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

As Sportsnet's Iain MacIntyre wrote prior to the draft, Lind was the best “prospect” made available by the Canucks. Lind made a promising move to centre from right wing in the AHL, and has enough pedigree as a scorer to be a tradeable asset for Seattle even if Lind’s NHL future is far from guaranteed.

Seattle opted to not select goaltender Braden Holtby who was exposed in order for the team to protect Thatcher Demko. Holtby has one year remaining on his deal with a $4.3-million cap hit.

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