Kraken News & Rumors: Eberle, Beniers & Driedger

In this edition of Seattle Kraken News & Rumors, Jordan Eberle is named Kraken’s first-ever All-Star pick, Matty Benners heads to the 2022 Olympics to represent Team USA, and Chris Dredger puts on a solid performance on his eighth start. the chapter.

Eberle will represent Kraken in the 2022 NHL All-Star Game

On Thursday, Eberle became the first-ever Kraken player Selected in the All-Star Game. He will represent Seattle at this year’s event in Las Vegas, which will be held from February 4-5. The 31-year-old leads Kraken with 24 points (12 goals and 12 assists) in 34 games. This will be his second All-Star appearance, having previously played at the 2012 event in Ottawa.

Jordan Eberle, Seattle Kraken (Amy Irvine/The Hockey Book)

“It is such an honor to have the Kraken team chosen as the first-ever Kraken superstar,” Eberly said. “Our fans have been absolutely amazing this season. Climate Pledge Arena has been one of the tallest buildings in the league. Their support means a lot. I am excited to represent them in Vegas.”

Eberle will be fitting in with some great talent in the Pacific Division this year, including Edmonton Oilers stars Conor McDavid and Leon Drysitl, Golden Knights captain Mark Stone and 2019 Stanley Cup champion Alex Petrangelo, among other great names.

Beyners heads to Beijing to represent Team USA at the 2022 Olympics

Kraken’s second overall pick from the 2021 NHL Entry Draft will represent his country at this year’s Winter Olympics. At just 19, the Beyners was named to Team USA on Thursday. He’s in the midst of an impressive NCAA season with the Michigan Wolverines, with 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 22 games.

Matthew Beners, Michigan Wolverines
Matthew Penners Michigan Wolverines (Michigan Photography)

“I was speechless when I found out I had received an invitation,” Beeners said. “I thought, ‘Wow, this is the Olympics.'” Holy cow!’ I was shocked and grateful at the same time.”

Even Kraken General Manager Ron Francis gave some great praise to the prospective Seattle pioneer.

“This is a great opportunity for Matty and it is well deserved,” Francis said. “It’s been a great season in Michigan and we look forward to seeing him on the biggest international stage in the game. We hope Kraken fans will enjoy watching him compete in the Olympics and we wish him well.”

Beyners and Team USA dropped the ball in the preliminary round against China on February 10. The team is set to compete in Group A, which also includes Canada, Germany and China.

The dryer has a solid performance, despite losing 2-1 to the Blues

On January 13, Kraken fell to the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on the road. Despite the loss, Dredger delivered a solid performance in his eighth start to the season. The 27-year-old had his second best game of the season, stopping 25 of 27 shots for a 0.926 saving (SV%). It gave Kraken a great chance to win the match, but the Seattle attack couldn’t find the back of the St. Louis net more than once.

Chris Dredger, Seattle Kraken
Chris Dredger, Seattle Kraken (Amy Irvine/The Hockey Book)

The Kraken have struggled in goalkeeping this season, but Dredger’s strong performance on Thursday sends some hope in Seattle. He participated in only 10 matches this season, while his partner Philipp Grobauer played 27 matches. Driedger scored a 0.927 SV% across 23 starts with the Florida Panthers last season, and hopefully, he’s rediscovering his game with Kraken now.

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It will be interesting to see if manager Dave Haxtool starts giving Dredger more of his starts, having relied heavily on Grubauer so far this season. The dryer now has the best savings on the team at .896%, while the Grubauer has an 880 SV%. Both goalkeepers need to improve and find consistency, but Driedger put in a good display of his abilities on Thursday and will look to build on it when he gets another chance at the net.

The Kraken team returns home to face the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT. Seattle are without a win in the last eight games and are still searching for their first win in 2022.

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