Poturalski, 29, was on his first recall of the season. The team brought him up early last week, but the veteran scorer who puts up electric numbers in the minors was a healthy scratch in all of the Kraken’s five games while he was on the roster.
Seattle has called upon multiple forwards to come up from the minors this season in the wake of longer-term injuries to André Burakovsky and Brandon Tanev, as well as a shorter-term absence that kept Jordan Eberle out of the lineup earlier this month. Veteran NHLer Devin Shore has seen some time up with the Kraken after heading to the minors in the preseason, as well as youngsters Shane Wright and Ryan Winterton.
The Kraken brought Poturalski into the organization in the summer of 2022 to serve as a key leadership figure for Coachella Valley in their affiliate’s inaugural season. While injuries limited him to 38 games, he scored 11 goals, 31 assists and 42 points, keeping him above the point-per-game mark for a second straight season.
In 2021-22, just before joining Coachella Valley, Poturalski won a Calder Cup championship with the Chicago Wolves, then the Carolina Hurricanes’ affiliate, and captured the JB Sollenberger Trophy for the regular-season scoring title (101 points in 71 contests).
Poturalski is off to a slightly more tepid start this season, recording two goals and five assists in ten contests. His last two outings for Coachella Valley were especially rough, notching a combined -4 rating, no points and four shots on goal in back-to-back losses.
That’s where he returns for the time being while the Kraken forward group is at full health, minus Burakovsky. Poturalski heading back to the minors leaves the Kraken with just 12 healthy forwards on their roster.