In this issue of Seattle Sea Monster news and rumors, forward Marty Berniers was named No. 1 in the Top Ten Hockey Week, General Manager Ron Francis Comments on the team’s struggles at the beginning of the season and the goalkeeper Philip Grubauer Preparing for his 13th start this season.
Berniers was named the first star of the week in the top ten hockey
Kraken’s second overall pick in the 2021 NHL draft has proved his high pick. Get the first star of the week After scoring two winning goals for the Michigan Wolverines in the sweep of the Penn State University Nittany Lions, he won the honor for the second consecutive week. His two goals against Penn State on Thursday were scored after a back-to-back performance against the Michigan State Spartans, making him the first since Kraken Assistant General Manager Jason Botterill in 1997. Wolverine scored two goals in three consecutive games.
The 19-year-old center made an incredible start to his sophomore season, first as the assistant captain of the Michigan team, scoring 15 points (9 goals, 6 assists) in 12 games. He is expected to make his NHL debut with Kraken next season and is likely to become a key player in the team’s establishment. Pay close attention to him in the NCAA this season, because he will continue to build an outstanding campaign with a star-studded Michigan lineup. After becoming one of the top ten hockey stars for several weeks in a row, expect him to continue to be one of the top talents in the league.
Francis said that Kraken “found a way to fail” early on
Francis entered Kraken’s first season with high hopes. This team has been competitive from the start. Based on strong goalkeeping and defense, the team is expected to become a force in the defensive zone by limiting the opponent’s scoring opportunities and providing reliable stops when everything else fails. Although the team will never give up and high-intensity game style, but Francis’ strategy will not plan to play 15 games in the first year.
Kraken ranked last in the Pacific Division with a 4-10-1 record and ranked sixth in the NHL with 13 points. After four consecutive losses, if Seattle wants to remain competitive this season, things need to be reversed quickly.
“We think the goalkeeper and the defense will give us a chance in every game,” Francis told Seattle Times“Then the question is to score, can we not score enough? I think we will definitely feel that we will become a competitive team when we enter the season.
“I think we have had some games since the beginning of the season. I think we have found a way to lose instead of getting one or two points. When you give up six to eight points, you are in a different situation.” ( From’General Manager Ron Francis said that Kraken’found a way to fail’ in the disappointing start of the season,’ Seattle Times, 11/15/2021)
Kraken’s next four games are at home against the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes. Obviously, Seattle faces some tough competition, but if the team can find games on the defensive and defensive ends, then this season can be saved. Seattle is 9 points behind the wild card with 67 games left, so there is still time to correct the ship.
Grubauer will have the 13th start of the season on Wednesday
Grubauer will start for the 13th time in 16 games where the Krakens will play against the Blackhawks on Wednesday. He is tied for sixth in the league and has 679:37 minutes.His 0.880 save rate (SV%) is the lowest among NHL goalkeepers who have played at least five games this season, but since Kraken’s three-day break, head coach Dave Hakstol still insists on using him 4-2 Lost to Minnesota Wild Saturday.
This 29-year-old young man is doing a Unprecedented number of starts For his career. Last season, he scored a career-high 39 starts and was shortlisted for the Vezina Trophy with 0.922 SV% and 1.95 Pair Average (GAA) goals. After Wednesday’s game against the Blackhawks, he will start 13 of Kraken’s 16 games so far. This raises a very important question-does Hakstall exaggerate Grubauer?
Another highly touted goalkeeper of the Kraken, Chris Drigger, Fell down due to a lower body injury at the beginning of the season, but Injury reserve activated November 2nd. Since then, he has only started once. The 27-year-old player made an impressive 0.927 SV% in 23 starts for the Florida Panthers last year, but has only played in two Kraken games so far. Grubauer and Driedger were initially considered to be one of the best goalkeeper duo in the league and parted ways in a 1A/1B manner. It didn’t do that at all. Hakstall insisted on his position and hoped that Grubauer could reverse the situation.
The Kraken hopes to end the four-game losing streak when facing the Kraken Blackhawks Wednesday at 7 p.m. PTChicago’s 4-9-2 record (10 points) is only one point higher than Seattle. If Kraken wins, this will give the team extra motivation to fight some very difficult matches.
Tom Pepper wrote the Seattle Sea Monster from the perspective of a fan. He started his hockey writing career at THW in June 2020 and served as a reporter for the Buffalo Sabres during the 2020-21 season. He also served as a FanSided website expert and was responsible for reporting on his childhood team St. Louis Blues. In June 2021, he devoted himself to Kraken (pre-expansion draft) and started writing from a fan perspective at THW full-time. Since then, he has been a diehard fan of the Sea Monster.In addition to writing, he also hosts THW what is siren Show on iHeartRadio.Follow him on twitter @TomPepper.