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Kraken sign first-ever draft choice, Michigan F Matty Beniers

Apr 3, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; General view of Climate Pledge Arena before a game between the Dallas Stars and Seattle Kraken. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The expansion Seattle Kraken on Sunday signed their first-ever draft choice — Michigan star forward Matty Beniers — to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The deal for Beniers, who was taken second overall in the 2021 NHL Draft, is worth about $2.7 million, according to Sportsnet.

The Kraken said Beniers, 19, is expected to practice with the team on Monday and travel with the squad for games in Calgary and Winnipeg this week. The Kraken didn’t announce a date for his NHL debut, however.

“It’s truly an honor to join the Kraken organization, officially, and I can’t wait to get started,” Beniers said.

Beniers ended his sophomore season at Michigan by posting a team-high 43 points (20 goals, 23 assists) in 37 games. The point total was good for a 13th-place tie in the NCAA.

–Field Level Media