Seattle Sports Update

Checking in on Seattle’s three major sport teams


Kraken Playoffs


In only their second season, the Seattle Kraken are competing in the Stanley Cup playoffs. After a disappointing inaugural season, the Kraken have had the greatest improvement from year one to year two of any NHL franchise ever. This turnaround has been due to improved play from veterans as well as rookie Matty Beniers stellar play. Beniers is considered the favorite to win the Calder trophy (NHL’s rookie of the year award). As of publishing, the Kraken are tied at two games against the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the playoffs. Hopefully the Kraken can go on a deep playoff run and bring the most coveted trophy in sports back to Seattle. 


Kelenic Resurgence


Although the Mariners start to the 2023 campaign has been thoroughly underwhelming, one bright spot has been the success of Jarred Kelenic. In December of 2018, the Mariners traded star 2nd baseman Robinson Canó and star closer Edwin Díaz for a package of prospects centered around Jarred Kelenic. When a team trades this much for a player, they expect them to produce. And until this year it had not happened; Kelenics batting average never even approached .200. Fast forward to the 2023 season, and Kelenic is playing exactly like the player the Mariners expected him to be. Through 20 games played, he is batting .319 with six home runs.


NFL draft upcoming


This year’s NFL draft is taking place on April 27. The Seahawks have the fifth overall pick, the highest they’ve drafted since 2010. The Seahawks acquired this pick from the Denver Broncos in the Russell Wilson trade last year. With three of the teams above them likely to draft a quarterback, the Seahawks have a real opportunity to pick up one of the top position players in the draft. Some mock drafts project the Seahawks to draft a quarterback, but after extending Geno for three years,  this move wouldn’t make much sense. Experts project the Seahawks to draft either Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter or Alabama outside linebacker Will Anderson Jr.