Seattle reportedly will pick 2 Pens from 2021 roster

Daily’s Frank Seravalli with predictions ahead of expansion draft
Brandon Tanev skating
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – According to a NHL insider, Seattle will take a couple of players from the 2021 Penguins roster.

President of Daily Hockey Frank Seravalli says the Kraken have ‘zeroed in’ on selecting Pens unprotected forward Brandon Tanev in tonight’s expansion draft.

The 29-year-old Tanev had 7 goals and 9 assists in 32 games with the Pens this past season, also a plus 12 in plus/minus.  He brings an energy and grit to the bottom six forwards, but is listed at 6’ and doesn’t have the size the new Pens management team craves.

Tanev is also under contract for $3.5 million per season until the 2025-26 season.

Servalli also predicts Seattle will select forward Jared McCann, who is unprotected by Toronto after the Pens sent him there last week for a seventh round pick and forward Filip Hallander.  McCann will make 3.38 million this year according to before becoming a free agent.

The 25-year-old versatile forward tied a career-high with 14 goals, doing it in 23 fewer games in 2021.  McCann finished with 32 points and a plus 17 in plus/minus.

The expansion draft begins at 8p on ESPN Wednesday night.