NHL teams shuffle before Seattle Kraken expansion draft

In this May 19, 2021, file photo, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ryan Graves (27) works with the puck in front of St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn (10) during Game 2 of an NHL Stanley Cup first round playoff series in Denver. The Avalanche sent Graves to the New Jersey Devils in a move made with an eye on the upcoming expansion draft of the Seattle Kraken. In exchange, the Avalanche acquired forward Mikhail Maltsev and a second-round selection in the 2021 draft from New Jersey. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Before 30 NHL teams release the list of players available for the Kraken, many of them are shuffling the deck to make sure they’re in good position for the Seattle expansion draft.