SEATTLE – One of the main storylines coming out of the Seattle Kraken organization (that doesn’t involve the expansion draft) was where the NHL’s newest franchise would place their AHL-level prospects.
That question was formally answered on Monday, as Seattle announced that they would be sending skaters to the east coast to play with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers.
The Kraken’s Palm Springs AHL team, slated to begin play in 2022-23, have an arena that just had their groundbreaking earlier this month. With the delay of one season, the question lingered as to where Seattle’s AHL skaters would suit up. Three teams in the AHL this past season had dual affiliations (four if you count Manitoba receiving prospects from Vancouver mid-season), but with normalcy slowly being achieved again throughout the world and the sports world in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, the only team next season to have a double affiliation will be the Checkers. The Florida Panthers will continue their AHL affiliation agreement with Charlotte in 2021-22.