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Seattle Kraken announcer breaks down NHL expansion draft

Play-by-play Kraken announcer Everett Fitzhugh explains how the July 21 expansion draft will work.

July 21 marks a big day for hockey fans in Western Washington. ESPN will broadcast live from Gas Works Park in Seattle for the NHL Expansion Draft starting at 5 p.m.

Everett Fitzhugh, the Seattle Kraken's play-by-play announcer, talked to KING 5 "Evening's" Jim Dever about what fans can expect.

"This is our chance to build our team," Fitzhugh said. 

The Seattle Kraken will be selecting 30 players to be on the team, one from each of the 31 current NHL teams excluding the Vegas Golden Knights. This is a major milestone for the Kraken, picking at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goalies. 

All NHL teams recently submitted their lists of protected players who are not eligible to be drafted following one of two established guidelines:

  1. Protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie.
  2. Protect any eight skaters, plus one goalie. 

"There's a lot of chess involved with this draft," Fitzhugh explained.