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Seattle selects Ty Nelson with the No. 68 overall pick

Ron Francis finally got his defenseman

2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft - Round 2-7 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

With the 68th overall pick (and their fifth pick of the draft) the Kraken went with defender Ty Nelson from the Ontario Hockey League’s North Bay Battalion.

Nelson finished the 2021-22 season with 51 points in 66 games — 11th most among defenders in the entire OHL and first among rookie defenders. In general, Nelson is known for his ability to create offense from the blue line. He can skate with the best of them and over thepast two years has basically turned into a human highlight reel. Seriously, look at this stuff:

In short, the Kraken got the kid who BROKE A PUCK IN HALF. This can only be a good sign for the future of the Seattle blue line.

Nelson’s Stats

Year Team League Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Year Team League Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
2018-2019 Toronto Jr. Canadiens U16 AAA GTHL U16 35 5 9 14 10
Toronto Jr. Canadiens U16 AAA Dale Parker Showcase 5 3 2 5 9
Pro Hockey Selects U15 WSI U15 5 1 5 6 2
2019-2020 Toronto Jr. Canadiens U16 AAA GTHL U16 33 11 21 32 12
Toronto Jr. Canadiens U16 AAA U16 AAA 61 18 47 65 -
Toronto Jr. Canadiens U16 AAA Toronto Titans U16 8 4 9 13 2
Canada U16 YOG 4 0 0 0 2
2020-2021 North Bay Battalion OHL 0 0 0 0 0
2021-2022 North Bay Battalion OHL 66 9 42 51 39
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