With the team struggling in the Western Conference, and losing Brandon Tanev to an ACL injury that ended his season, the Seattle Kraken needed someone to help them. Calle Jarnkrok took 12 games to score his first point in a Kraken shirt. However, he now has 10 points in 10 games (four goals and six assists). The team desperately needs the 30-year old center.
Jarnkrok Discovers His Game After a Rocky Start
Jarnkrok’s breakout game of the season was a 5-2 Kraken win over the Washington Capitals on Nov. 21. Jarnkrok scored a goal and assisted on the night, his second point as a Kraken player. After missing the first five COVID-19 season games and scoring nothing in his first 12 games, he is now a consistent offensive contributor.
In December, he was the leader of all Kraken skaters, with seven points. He had two goals and five assists in seven games. He was also one the seven Kraken skaters to have a positive plus/minus rating for the month. Jarnkrok’s performance is just right to give Seattle hope for the second half of this season.
He has already started 2022 off with a bang, recording a goal against the Vancouver Canucks on New Year’s Day. The Kraken has had multiple games delayed due to COVID-19 in the NHL. It will play its next game at the Colorado Avalanche, Jan. 10. Jarnkrok will try to extend its four-game streak of points as the Kraken attempt to save their season.
Jarnkrok is an NHL veteran and a Stanley Cup Finalist.
Jarnkrok isn’t a rookie to the NHL. He has played 530 career NHL games with the Nashville Predators as well as the Kraken. Jarnkrok played eight seasons in Nashville, before being selected by the Kraken for the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. He was most notable for his seven points, two goals and five assists in 21 games. Predators’ Stanley Cup Final appearance2017: Pittsburgh Penguins vs.
In the second round, he was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings as 51st overall. He never had the opportunity to play for Detroit. Traded to the PredatorsTogether with Patrick Eaves, in exchange for David Legwand (March 5, 2014).
Jarnkrok is a former NHL draft pick, trade piece, Stanley Cup finalist, and expansion draft selection. Jarnkrok is just 30 years old, and he still has many seasons ahead of him. He is now making a name for his self with the Kraken, and he has flown under the radar for much of the season. Seattle currently sits last place in the Pacific Division, so there is no extreme pressure for Jarnkrok as he continues discovering his role with the NHL’s newest expansion franchise.
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The Kraken have played just one game in January, losing 5-2 to the Canucks at their home. The Kraken now heads on the road to play three games against the Avalanche and Dallas Stars before returning home to Seattle to face off against the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 15. Jarnkrok is currently on the road with five points, including two goals and three assists in his last three games. He will be looking to continue his hot streak against newer competitors for the Kraken. Although Seattle is far from the playoffs at the moment, Jarnkrok’s resurgence and the 49 remaining games this season offer some hope.
Tom Pepper hosts The Hockey Writers PodcastEvery weekday, Monday through Friday on iHeartRadio. He writes NHL columns about the Buffalo Sabres (Mon. Wed. and Friday) and Seattle Kraken(Tues. & Thurs.). He lives in Toronto and frequently drives the Queen Elizabeth Way to cheer on the Sabres at KeyBank Center.