During an inaugural season which hasn’t exactly gone to plan, the Kraken signed the 25 year old Jared McCann to a five year, $25 million extension to keep him in Seattle for the long term.
After bouncing around the league and landing on his fourth team in seven years (fifth if you want to count his pit stop in Toronto), McCann seems to have finally hit his stride in Seattle. With a previous career high of 19 goals in 78 games, McCann has already bested that number (22) in only 52 games to go along with a respectable 12 assists.
Much of McCann’s new found success comes from his chemistry with all-star linemate Jordan Eberle. McCann (34 points) and Eberle (34 points) currently are the highest scoring linemates on the team and seem to be incredibly in sync while on the ice. Of McCann’s 22 goals this season, Eberle has assisted on a team leading 10 of those goals.
While the Kraken’s need for a game breaking, first line Center is still ever present, McCann is still exactly the type of center Seattle needed to lock in long term. Second line, score first centers are hard to come by and McCann is exactly that guy. Especially ones who are dominant in the power play (7 PP goals / 5 PP assists) and not afraid to take shots (140 through 52 games).
McCann has become a bright spot for Kraken fans to look forward to every game. With 30 goals in his sights, lots of young talented guys around him and the security of his new contract, the skies the limit for the Kraken’s 25 year old scoring machine. And with the Kraken showing they’re willing to pay to keep their young talent around for the long haul, expect big things from the NHL’s newest franchise moving forward.