It’s official! After months of speculation and waiting, Seattle is going to get a NHL team, once more, coming in 2021-2022! Seattle will be the 32nd NHL team.
Here is what we know so far:
There is no name, logo, or team colours at this time, but many people are pushing for the Seattle Metropolitans. The reason behind this name is Seattle’s past NHL team. Between 1915 and 1924, Seattle had an NHL team called the Metropolitans and the Metropolitans were the first American team to win the Stanley Cup, way back in 1917. The problem with this name is that since the team’s fall, the League has since created a whole division of the same name. It is going to be a while before we learn about a name or anything else.
Because Seattle is as far west as you can get in mainland America, Seattle will join the Pacific Division. This will force the Arizona Coyotes into the Central Division, evening out each conference with 16 teams per.
The roster will be constructed during the Expansion draft in June 2021. Seattle will select 1 unprotected player from each team with the exception of Vegas. All the same rules apply from the Vegas draft. Seattle will select 14 forwards, 9 defensemen, and 3 goaltenders, and have at least 20 players under contract at the start of the season. Players can also be traded during the draft, like what happened during the Vegas Draft. Any player with a “no movement clause” is automatically protected.
There’s interest in Seattle, the city already being a big sports city. In 12 minutes, 10,000 people put down a deposit on season tickets. This team is going to be one to watch, even if we’ll have to wait and see what will happen from here. Welcome (back) to the NHL, Seattle!