Seattle Kraken net David Goyette 61st Overall

By Mike Commito, Sudbury Wolves Historian

As his name crackled through the public address system at the Bell Centre, David Goyette rose from his seat and embraced his family. He had just been selected 61st overall by the Seattle Kraken at the NHL Entry Draft this past Friday in Montreal.

Descending from the stands, Goyette, who led all OHL rookies in goals and points this past season with 33 and 73 respectively, made his way to the Seattle draft table where he collected a Kraken jersey and hat from his future team.

For Goyette, who was born in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, getting drafted in his birth province added some extra significance to the day. “It’s special,” he said.

But what made it even more special was that he was able to celebrate the moment with his family and friends.

“Lots of them came out to support me, so I’m glad it went well,” Goyette said.

2022 NHL Draft at the Bell Centre on July 8, 2022 in Montreal Canada.(Photo by Natalie Shaver)

Talking about that moment with members of the media following his selection, it’s clear how important family is to Goyette.

“We’re a very close family and we all support each other and they were there for me the whole way,” he explained.

“We’ve always supported each other. We’re a very close family and we all care for each other very much. They were very proud of me and I couldn’t thank them enough.”

And they will undoubtedly be with him every step of the way as he continues his hockey journey with Seattle.

While Goyette was projected to be taken in the second-round, he was probably selected lower than many anticipated, he was beaming as he sported his new Kraken threads.

“I knew they were interested in me,” Goyette told reporters gathered around his media pod. “Every time they were picking I was kind of stressing a little bit, but it happened so I’m very excited to get going.”

Goyette had a point. Seattle had already made three picks in the second-round that day before they called his name near the end of the round.

Adding to the excitement is that Goyette will be in good OHL company when he eventually makes his way to Seattle. In addition to stealing the Kingston Frontenac’s Shane Wright, who inexplicably fell to fourth overall, the Kraken also took North Bay Battalion defenceman Ty Nelson early into the third round.

“I know Ty very well,” Goyette said. “It’s going to be awesome to get to Seattle and see all my friends there.”

Although Goyette is now a member of the Kraken, he still remains a Wolf and understands the significance of what this experience means for him and his teammates in Sudbury.

“After you get drafted, a lot changes,” Goyette said. “For me I think it’s about taking more of a leadership role and telling the guys what it takes to get to the next level.”

While a lot will certainly change for Goyette, he looks forward to what comes next. Following a whirlwind couple of days in Montreal, Goyette is already off to Seattle for his first NHL development camp. It will mark the next stage in his career and will be invaluable to his growth as a player on and off the ice.

There is no doubt that what he learns in Seattle will help him to embrace his new responsibilities as a mentor to his fellow Wolves when he returns to Sudbury.

Draft notes:

The Wolves have now had players selected in the last four NHL Entry Drafts. Blake Murray was selected 183rd overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2019. The following year, Quinton Byfield went second overall to the Los Angeles Kings, Jack Thompson went 93rd overall to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Isaak Phillips went 141st overall to the Chicago Blackhawks. In 2021, Chase Stillman went 29th overall to the New Jersey Devils. In addition to Goyette at this year’s draft, Wolves defenceman Noah Collins went 167th overall to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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