Kraken's Brandon Tanev Done For The Season

The Seattle Kraken have announced that forward Brandon Tanev will miss the remainder of the season due to an ACL injury.

Tanev left December 18th's game against the Edmonton Oilers with the help of teammates, so there was fear about the severity of his injury. Overall, it sadly is as bad as it originally looked.

Upon being selected by the Kraken at the Expansion Draft, Tanev immediately became a fan favorite because of his infamous headshot. However, once the regular season started, the 29-year-old played arguably the best hockey of his career thus far. In 30 games, he had nine goals to go along with 15 total points. That only helped him gain more love from the fans.

Tanev worked quite well in his first season with the Kraken, as he was able to bounce up and down in their lineup. Furthermore, he once again thrived on the penalty kill, so the Kraken will surely miss him on special teams. It seemed as if he was on the verge of having a year to remember, but now, it's all been taken away from him. It's hard not to feel bad for him because of this. 

At this time, the Kraken have a 10-17-3 record and are at the bottom of the Pacific Division. Due to this, losing Tanev doesn't impact them when it comes to their postseason, as they are very far away from contending. Here's to hoping the winger recovers well from here and will put together another strong campaign next year.

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