Hours before the Seattle Kraken unveil their first roster in franchise history made up of unprotected parts from across the league, one selection might have slipped through the cracks via an ESPN video shoot.
Posted by an anonymous Toronto Maple Leafs fan account, the video in question is new ESPN talent Kevin Weekes announcing Seattle’s pick of forward Alexander Kerfoot from the Leafs, after catching a giant fish in Pike Place Market. It has been confirmed that the announcement of the picks are going to be made in that fashion, so of course this blew up to an uncontrollable magnitude.
Deeper in the thread, the account posts messages and more with the person that filmed the video, and while others were guessing that it was just one single take, and they were going to film a roll of more players’ names being announced, the filmer said it was just Kerfoot.
In reply, the Kraken tried to clear up the situation.
not shown: 5+ other takes the NHL filmed in preparation for tomorrow’s big event. 🙃#keepguessing 😘
— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) July 20, 2021
Despite their attempt at holding off the announcement for another day, Hockey Twitter predictably took the footage and ran with it.
Don’t overreact to the leak. There could well be 5-6 cuts of the fish catch expansion selection.
“OK take 2”
*catches fish* “Travis Dermott”
“Good, good, and take 3”
*catches fish* “Jared McCann”
“Nice, love it! Take 4”
*catches fish* “Frederik Andersen”
— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) July 20, 2021
Everyone’s sending me this so I might as well comment.
1) Who did this video come from?
2) Is it doctored in any way?
3) This is a staged production. Lord knows how many potential names were filmed just in case.
4) If this is an authentic leak, whoever leaked it is, uh, boned. https://t.co/JV2b198SYv
— Steve “Dangle” Glynn (@Steve_Dangle) July 20, 2021
alex kerfoot logging on to twitter dot com to see leaf nation celebrating a fish being thrown and his name being called pic.twitter.com/0qAJrokb2P
— frankie (@snizzzzbone) July 20, 2021
tired: the Kraken accidentally leaked their pick from the Leafs
wired: the Kraken filmed multiple players for each team
inspired: the Kraken made this specifically to fuck with the Leafs https://t.co/QR5J7MAGSO
— Bonk's Mullet (@BonksMullet) July 20, 2021
“seattle’s expansion picks are top secret, and will not be revealed until the exact date and time of the draft.”
alex kerfoot and a fish: pic.twitter.com/u27u11Q9mC
— Ava ʅʕ•ᴥ•ʔʃ (@avatarrant) July 20, 2021
I believe Weekes is on the ESPN panel, so maybe this is a pre-tape and not a rehearsal?
Also: catch the fish, Kevin. https://t.co/nk65DbQUWk
— Justin Cuthbert (@jccuthbert) July 20, 2021
sorry all i can focus on is the fact that theyre announcing picks FROM A FUCKING FISH https://t.co/V1LPooIPhB
— rahef 🌷✨ (@rahef_issa) July 20, 2021
I mean, gotta have placeholders while you practice stuff, but still a fun little video clip to fire up the ol' TL in the morning: https://t.co/y0QDRQQUtB
— Justin Bourne (@jtbourne) July 20, 2021
We won’t find out the truth until Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. ET, but for now all we can say for sure is that the fish are going to be flying and the players are going to be taken.
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