DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: Lindsay native and NHL defenceman Vince Dunn has been chosen to join the National Hockey League’s (NHL) newest team, the Seattle Kraken.
Dunn, who had been playing for the St. Louis Blues, was drafted by Kraken general manager Ron Francis in the expansion draft, held on Wednesday, July 21st.
“He’s a young defenceman. We think he’s got some good offensive upside. So we’re looking forward to getting a chance to work with Vince and help develop his game. Hopefully, he can be a big part of our future,” Mr. Francis said, at a televised press conference following the expansion draft.
The expansion draft involved the new Seattle franchise taking one player from each of 30 NHL teams. The Vegas Golden Knights were exempt from this process, as they were a recent expansion team.
“With any Expansion Draft, you know you’re going to lose a good player. That’s the cost for each team of having an additional club join the League. We would like to wish Vince Dunn the best of luck with the Seattle Kraken,” Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said, in a statement posted on the team’s Twitter account.