Carolina Hurricanes: Three Potential Targets for Seattle Expansion Draft

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 25: General view of the game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Dallas Stars at PNC Arena on February 25, 2020 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 25: General view of the game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Dallas Stars at PNC Arena on February 25, 2020 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /
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Feb 25, 2020; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Vincent Trocheck (16) gets ready for the face off against the Dallas Stars at PNC Arena. The Dallas Stars defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 25, 2020; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Vincent Trocheck (16) gets ready for the face off against the Dallas Stars at PNC Arena. The Dallas Stars defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Vincent Trocheck

Vincent Trocheck is, I believe, the least likely candidate of the three listed in this article to be targeted by the Seattle Kraken in the upcoming expansion draft.

Trocheck is a very skilled two-way right-handed center. These, at the moment, are seemingly coming at a premium in today’s league. The Carolina Hurricanes moved Erik Haula, Lucas Wallmark, Chase Priskie, and Eetu Luostarinen to add Trocheck to their lineup and finally fill the seemingly eternal void at the 2C position.

Trocheck was a huge addition at the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline for the Carolina Hurricanes and was instrumental in the Canes’ sweeping the New York Rangers in the 2020 NHL Playoffs ‘play-in’ round.

Trocheck is just the kind of player to really bring a locker room together, especially a locker room full of guys who, for the most part, have never really played together. Trocheck was easily the ‘glue guy’ in the Florida Panthers’ locker room before being moved to Raleigh, and I’m sure as this season progresses, he’ll fill that role with the Canes as well.

I’m sure Ron Francis wouldn’t mind a player like Vincent Trocheck on his brand new team, but I believe good ol’ Ronnie Franchise has a more dastardly plan up his sleeve, and it’ll likely be a thorn in the side of Canes fans for years to come.