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Detroit Red Wings lose Dennis Cholowski in Kraken expansion draft

Dennis Cholowski’s potential as an NHL player won’t come with the Detroit Red Wings, as the Seattle Kraken chose the young defenseman in the expansion draft.

Drafted at No. 20 in 2016, Cholowski was billed as a gifted skater with an excellent shot and a knack for passing. But for all the chances and all the encouragement the Wings gave Cholowski, he failed to lock up a spot in the lineup on a team desperate for skilled blueliners. His allure, though, bested that of right-shot defenseman Troy Stecher, who also was on the list of players the Wings made available to the NHL’s 32nd team.

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Dennis Cholowski (21) protects the puck from Dallas Stars center Andrew Cogliano (11) in the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Detroit.

The choice was announced during Wednesday evening’s televised expansion draft show on ESPN2. It was an anticlimactic event, as name after name from the 30 teams from which the Kraken picked their roster was leaked on Twitter during the afternoon. The Kraken weren’t deterred from playing up the entertainment angle: It was an octopus named Licorice from the Seattle Aquarium that revealed Cholowski’s name.

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