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Jets lose Mason Appleton to Kraken in expansion draft

Winnipeg Jets' Mason Appleton (22) celebrates his goal with teammate Adam Lowry (17) during first period NHL Stanley Cup playoff action against the Edmonton Oilers, in Winnipeg on Monday, May 24, 2021. (Fred Greenslade/CP)

SEATTLE (Sportsnet) – The Winnipeg Jets are going to lose right-winger Mason Appleton to the Seattle Kraken in Wednesday night’s expansion draft, per Sportsnet’s Ken Wiebe.

The Kraken’s decision means the Jets won’t have to part with defenceman Dylan DeMelo, who was also left exposed by the Jets.

The 25-year-old Appleton broke out for 25 points in 56 games last season, adding three points in eight post-season contests for the Jets.

Appleton — a native of Green Bay, Wis. — has one year at $900,000 remaining his two-year, $1.8-million contract.