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The NHL’s 32nd team now has a full complement of players.

The Seattle Kraken took an exciting step toward the ice this fall by selecting 30 players in Wednesday night’s expansion draft. One player each was selected from 30 of 31 NHL teams – the Vegas Golden Knights, who just completed their fourth season after joining the NHL in 2017, were exempt from losing a player. The Kraken were required to select at least 14 forwards, nine defenseman and three goalies.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was (briefly) booed as he kicked off the night’s proceedings, before turning hosting duties over to ESPN’s Chris Fowler. Among the guest selectors for picks were Seattle SuperSonics champion coach Lenny Wilkens, rapper Macklemore, Storm star and Olympian Sue Bird, former Sounders star Brad Evans, hockey legend Cammi Granato, Sonics legends Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp, Seahawks great Marshawn Lynch and current star Bobby Wagner, and Mariners player Kyle Lewis.

Seattle’s home opener was also announced during the broadcast: Oct. 23 vs. the Vancouver Canucks.

Goalie Chris Dreidger stands with ESPN NHL expansion draft hosts Dominic Moore and Chris Fowler.

Here’s who the Seattle Kraken selected from each eligible team:

Anaheim Ducks: Haydn Fleury, 25-year-old defenseman

Arizona Coyotes: Tyler Pitlick, 29-year-old forward

Boston Bruins: Jeremy Lauzon, 24-year-old defenseman

Buffalo Sabres: Will Borgen, 24-year-old defenseman

Calgary Flames: Mark Giordano, 37-year-old defenseman

  • The oldest player Seattle drafted, Giordano has played 15 seasons with the Flames, winning the Norris Trophy for best defenseman in 2018-19. Calgary’s captain since 2013, Giordano also won the 2019-20 Mark Messier Leadership Award. He was on hand to talk to the crowd Wednesday night.

Carolina Hurricanes: Morgan Geekie, 23-year-old forward

Chicago Blackhawks: John Quenneville, 25-year-old forward

Colorado Avalanche: Joonas Donskoi, 29-year-old forward

Columbus Blue Jackets: Gavin Bayreuther, 27-year-old defenseman

Dallas Stars: Jamie Oleksiak, 28-year-old defenseman

Detroit Red Wings: Dennis Cholowski, 23-year-old defenseman

Edmonton Oilers: Adam Larsson, 28-year-old defenseman

  • The former top-five pick, who has been among the Oilers’ most dependable defensemen, has reportedly reached a four-year deal to join the Kraken.

Florida Panthers: Chris Driedger, 27-year-old goalie

  • Driedger, a pending free agent who reportedly will sign a three-year deal, helped the Panthers to the playoffs last season. He was on hand to show off the team’s new home jersey and speak to the fans.

Los Angeles Kings: Kurtis MacDermid, 27-year-old defenseman

Minnesota Wild: Carson Soucy, 26-year-old defenseman

Montreal Canadiens: Cale Fleury, 22-year-old defenseman

Nashville Predators: Calle Jarnkrok, 29-year-old forward

New Jersey Devils: Nathan Bastian, 23-year-old forward

New York Islanders: Jordan Eberle, 31-year-old forward

  • Eberle is the most prolific offensive player the Kraken drafted, with 241 career goals and 551 points in 779 games spent with the Oilers and Islanders. He was also on hand to show off the road jersey and speak to the fans.

New York Rangers: Colin Blackwell, 28-year-old forward

Ottawa Senators: Joey Daccord, 24-year-old goalie

Philadelphia Flyers: Carsen Twarynski, 23-year-old forward

Pittsburgh Penguins: Brandon Tanev, 29-year-old forward

San Jose Sharks: Alexander True, 24-year-old forward

St. Louis Blues: Vince Dunn, 24-year-old defenseman

Tampa Bay Lightning: Yanni Gourde, 29-year-old forward

Toronto Maple Leafs: Jared McCann, 25-year-old forward

Vancouver Canucks: Kole Lind, 22-year-old forward

Washington Capitals: Vitek Vanecek, 25-year-old goalie

Winnipeg Jets: Mason Appleton, 25-year-old defenseman

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NHL expansion draft results: Who did Seattle Kraken pick?


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71% of nursing homes not assessed for quality, safety during COVID




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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a vast majority of nursing homes nationwide not being assessed to ensure they meet federal quality and safety requirements, a new HHS study found.

State agencies, acting on behalf of CMS, are mandated to complete on-site inspections at least every 15 months, but CMS suspended those inspections between March and August of 2020 to reduce the risk of surveyor transmission.

Despite states being able to resume surveys toward the end of 2020, the pause resulted in a significant backlog. In an analysis of CMS data, HHS found that 10,913 of 15,295 nursing facilities—71%—had gone at least 16 months without a standard survey as of May 31, 2021.

Backlogs ranged from 22% of nursing homes in New Mexico not being surveyed to 96% in Connecticut.

Another issue is that the federal government prioritized surveys focused on infection control during the pandemic, conducting nearly 40,000 more in 2020 than in the prior two years, according to the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

“We were facing a global emergency where front-line staff needed to focus all their energy on protecting our most vulnerable,” AHCA/NCAL said in a statement.

Although it was understandable earlier on in the pandemic to shift to infection control surveys, Joyce Greenleaf, HHS’ regional inspector general in Boston, said the backlog is now alarming as families cannot be sure if their loved ones are safe in nursing homes or if quality requirements are being upheld.

HHS’ December 2020 report found that states also faced backlogs of nursing home surveys earlier on in the pandemic, with 8% of nursing homes having gone at least 16 months without a standard survey as of June 2020.

Infection control surveys are only required to happen at 20% of nursing homes based on states’ discretion, said Danielle Fletcher, HHS deputy regional inspector general in Boston, and mostly collect data that identifies facility and community risks.

“It’s not a substitute for a comprehensive survey that covers a lot of territory,” Fletcher said. “[Standard surveys are] CMS’ main tool to ensure minimum standards are met.”

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to hit this sector hard, with 94% of nursing homes experiencing staff shortages and nearly 75% saying that their workforce situation has worsened in the past year, according to an AHCA/NCAL survey.

The group also found that 66% of nursing home providers expected to potentially close in 2021 due to small profit margins, losses and cost increases in areas such as staffing.

More than 78% of nursing facility residents and 56% of staff are currently vaccinated according to Medicare data, although large disparities in vaccination rates exist between states.

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Another wave of students may opt out of college this fall




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As the delta variant drives new Covid cases across country, the pandemic’s economic impact continues to weigh heavily on college enrollment.

Now, with another class of undergraduates set to start classes in the fall, families are once again struggling with the cost.

Nearly two-thirds of parents, or 63%, said their child’s post-high school plans have returned to what they were before the global pandemic, according to a report by Discover Student Loans.

But of those who have changed their college plans, most said they will now go to a school closer to home, attend an online university or go to a less-expensive alternative.

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Research shows these students are primarily from low-income backgrounds, students of color and first-generation students — also hardest hit by Covid.

Half of the students who are not attending college or enrolling in a career and technical education program would have attended if they had received adequate financial aid, according to another recent report by the Horatio Alger Association.

Four in 10 students need more financial aid than they did before the pandemic, and 1 in 7 students who did not previously require aid need it now, the nonprofit organization found.

Of the students who are pursuing further education and received a scholarship, 70% said it was a deciding factor in their ability to enroll.

“Cost was the No. 1 problem I had.

Mariah Jimenez

recent high school graduate

“Cost was the No. 1 problem I had, because I knew my family wouldn’t be able to help,” said Mariah Jimenez, 18, a recent high school graduate from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“All of senior year, I was scared I wouldn’t have enough to pay for college,” she said.  

When Jimenez found out she was a recipient of a $25,000 scholarship through Horatio Alger, “I cried,” she said.

In September, Jimenez will begin her freshman year at Southern Utah University and plans to study nursing. “I am extremely excited,” she said.

When Covid brought the economy to a standstill, one-quarter of last year’s high school graduates delayed their college plans, according to a separate survey from Junior Achievement and Citizens, largely because their parents or guardians were less able to provide financial support.

Although about 40% of parents said their ability to help pay has improved since this time last year, 63% remain concerned about having enough money for higher education, Discover also found.

The vast majority of students and their families still say college is well worth it, despite the rising cost. And yet, it is increasingly out of reach.

Tuition and fees plus room and board for a four-year private college averaged $50,770 in the 2020-21 school year; at four-year, in-state public colleges, it was $22,180, according to the College Board, which tracks trends in college pricing and student aid

When adding in other expenses, the total tab can be more than $70,000 a year for undergraduates at some private colleges or even out-of-state students attending four-year public schools.

“If we want more students from diverse backgrounds to consider furthering their education, we must ensure that they have access to the necessary resources to help pay for it,” said Terrence Giroux, executive director of the Horatio Alger Association.

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education said it will provide an additional $3.2 billion in emergency grants to help under-resourced institutions develop programs to engage disconnected students, expand mental health services and improve retention rates.

The current model is unsustainable, according to Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

“I hope this provides the impetus for reimagining higher education and addresses the racial and economic segregation,” she added. “I don’t think the answer is to deny access to those at the lowest economic rungs.”

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