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Kraken add three more to hockey operations staff

Doug Wilson Jr., Frans Nielsen, and Justin Rai join the team

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The Seattle Kraken announced the hiring of three new additions to their hockey operations staff on Thursday afternoon. Doug Wilson Jr. will join the team as an amateur scout while Frans Nielsen and Justin Rai will join the player development team under Jeff Tambellini.

Wilson spent the last decade with the San Jose Sharks organization, working his way up from a scouting analyst all the way to the Director of Hockey Operations and Director of Scouting, where he ran the Sharks’ six most recent Entry Drafts — the highlight of which is now-Senator Josh Norris, who just signed an 8-year, $7.95 million AAV deal with Ottawa.

San Jose Sharks drafts under Doug Wilson Jr.

Year Round Pick Player Position Amateur Team Amateur League GP G A PTS
Year Round Pick Player Position Amateur Team Amateur League GP G A PTS
2022 1 27 Filip Bystedt C Linkoping HC Jr. (Sweden Jr.) NHL
2022 2 34 Cameron Lund C Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) NHL
2022 2 45 Mattias Havelid D Linkoping HC Jr. (Sweden Jr.) NHL
2022 3 76 Michael Fisher D St. Mark's School (High-MA) NHL
2022 4 108 Mason Beaupit G Spokane Chiefs (WHL) NHL
2022 5 140 Jake Furlong D Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) NHL
2022 6 172 Joey Muldowney RW Nichols School (High-NY) NHL
2022 7 195 Eli Barnett D Victoria (BCHL) NHL
2022 7 217 Reese Laubach C Northstar Christian Academy (High-MN) NHL
2021 1 7 William Eklund LW Djurgardens IF (Sweden) NHL 9 0 4 4
2021 3 81 Benjamin Gaudreau G Sarnia Sting (OHL) NHL
2021 4 103 Gannon Laroque D Victoria Royals (WHL) NHL
2021 4 121 Ethan Cardwell RW Barrie Colts (OHL) NHL
2021 5 135 Artem Guryev D Peterborough Petes (OHL) NHL
2021 5 156 Max Mccue C London Knights (OHL) NHL
2021 6 167 Liam Gilmartin LW USA U-18 Development Team (USDP/USHL) NHL
2021 6 177 Theo Jacobsson C MODO Hockey Jr. (Sweden Jr.) NHL
2021 7 199 Evgenii Kashnikov D Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL) NHL
2020 1 31 Ozzy Wiesblatt RW Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) NHL
2020 2 38 Thomas Bordeleau C USA U-18 Development Team (USDP/USHL) NHL 8 0 5 5
2020 2 56 Tristen Robins RW Saskatoon Blades (WHL) NHL
2020 3 76 Danil Gushchin LW Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) NHL
2020 4 98 Brandon Coe RW North Bay Battalion (OHL) NHL
2020 7 196 Alex Young C Canmore (AJHL) NHL
2020 7 201 Adam Raska RW Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) NHL 5 0 0 0
2020 7 206 Linus Oberg C Orebro HK (Sweden) NHL
2020 7 210 Timofey Spitserov RW Culver Military Academy (High-IN) NHL
2019 2 48 Artemi Kniazev D Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL) NHL 1 0 0 0
2019 2 55 Dillon Hamaliuk LW Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) NHL
2019 4 108 Yegor Spiridonov C Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk (Russia Jr.) NHL
2019 6 164 Timur Ibragimov LW SKA 1946 St. Petersburg (Russia Jr.) NHL
2019 6 184 Santeri Hatakka D Jokerit Jr. (Finland Jr.) NHL 9 0 2 2
2018 1 21 Ryan Merkley D Guelph Storm (OHL) NHL 39 1 5 6
2018 3 87 Linus Karlsson C Karlskrona HK Jr. (Sweden Jr.) NHL
2018 4 102 Jasper Weatherby C Wenatchee (BCHL) NHL 50 5 6 11
2018 6 176 Zachary Emond G Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) NHL
2018 6 182 John Leonard LW Massachusetts (H-East) NHL 58 4 11 15
2017 1 19 Joshua Norris C USA U-18 Development Team (USDP/USHL) NHL 125 52 38 90
2017 2 49 Mario Ferraro D Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) NHL 180 5 37 42
2017 4 102 Scott Reedy C USA U-18 Development Team (USDP/USHL) NHL 35 7 2 9
2017 6 159 Jacob McGrew RW Spokane Chiefs (WHL) NHL
2017 6 185 Alexander Chmelevski C Ottawa 67's (OHL) NHL 24 0 10 10
2017 7 212 Ivan Chekhovich LW Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL) NHL 4 0 1 1
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Wilson left San Jose with a year left on his contract right after the conclusion of the 2022 Entry Draft, and all reports indicate it was an amicable split.

Nielsen will work with Kraken players and prospects overseas, based out of Malmo, Sweden. The Denmark native had a long NHL career, playing in 925 regular season games split between the New York Islanders and Detroit Red Wings before retiring from the NHL in 2021. The Kraken have a significant Scandinavian representation, both in the NHL and among the prospect group. Adam Larsson, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Alex Wennberg, and Joonas Donskoi are all from the region, as well as prospects Jesper Froden, Ville Petman, Alexander True, Gustav Olofsson, and Magnus Hellberg.

Rai will also join the player development staff under Jeff Tambellini. He is the owner and operator of Kaivo Hockey, a player development consulting agency that has worked with NHL players and prospects in the past including Alexander Kerfoot, Adam Gaudette, and Nic Petan. Rai is a British Columbia native and no stranger to the Pacific Northwest. He’s also the cousin of Prab Rai, who spent the better part of four seasons with the local Seattle Thunderbirds in the early 2000’s.