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Chris Kunitz

37-Year-Old Left Wing – Tampa Bay Lightning

2016-17 NHL Stats

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36

2017-18 NHL Projections

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2017-18 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

In Kunitz, the Lightning are getting a four-time Stanley Cup champion -- a guy who knows what it takes to win. On the other hand, fantasy owners shopping for wingers are looking at a 38-year-old who just failed to break the 30-point barrier or score a power-play goal for the...

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SHOOTS: Left   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 195   DOB: 9/26/1979   BORN: Regina, Saskatchewan   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a one-year contract with the Lighting worth $2 million in July of 2017.

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Chris Kunitz NHL Stats
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  Overall Power Play Defense
Season Age League Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG SH% GWG SHG TOI/G G A Pts TOI/G Hits BS
2005-06 26 69 19 22 41 16 71 149 12.8 2 1 5 0 5
2006-07 27 81 25 35 60 23 81 180 13.9 5 0 11 0 11
2007-08 28 82 21 29 50 8 80 196 10.7 6 1 7 0 7
2008-09 29 82 23 30 53 12 71 178 12.9 3 0 16:26 6 5 11 2:15 206 24
2009-10 30 50 13 19 32 3 39 131 9.9 0 1 16:26 2 5 7 2:19 112 15
2010-11 31 NHL PIT 66 23 25 48 18 47 133 17.3 2 1 18:17 7 4 11 4:11 155 14
2011-12 32 NHL PIT 82 26 35 61 16 49 230 11.3 3 0 18:19 6 12 18 3:31 180 28
2012-13 33 NHL PIT 48 22 30 52 30 39 113 19.5 5 0 18:01 9 7 16 3:50 104 13
2013-14 34 NHL PIT 78 35 33 68 25 66 218 16.1 8 0 19:09 13 9 22 3:38 157 25
2014-15 35 NHL PIT 74 17 23 40 2 56 170 10.0 5 1 17:53 9 7 16 3:05 211 29
2015-16 36 NHL PIT 80 17 23 40 29 41 150 11.3 1 0 16:49 2 4 6 2:08 264 33
2016-17 37 NHL PIT 71 9 20 29 0 36 134 6.7 3 0 15:31 0 5 5 1:35 216 28
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Chris Kunitz – Playing Time Overview

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2016-17 Time On Ice Stats

15:31

Average Time On Ice

On average, Chris Kunitz was on the ice for 15:31.

1:35

Average Power Play Time On Ice

On average, Chris Kunitz was on the ice for 1:35 during power plays.

0:44

Average Short-Handed Time On Ice

On average, Chris Kunitz was on the ice for 0:44 while the team was short-handed.

Year Ice Time Power Play Short-Handed
2014-15 17:53 3:05 0:09
2015-16 16:49 2:08 0:21
2016-17 15:31 1:35 0:44

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2016-17 NHL Game Log   Chris Kunitz
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Date Opp G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
Jun 11 NAS@NAS 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 3 0 14:53 0:00
Jun 8 NAS 0 1 1 1 5 0 0 0 1 0.0 3 0 15:34 2:25
Jun 5 NAS@NAS 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 1 12:38 0:00
Jun 3 NAS@NAS 0 0 0 -2 10 0 0 0 1 0.0 3 0 12:51 0:35
May 31 NAS 0 2 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 0 14:30 3:42
May 29 NAS 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 4 0 15:47 0:00
May 25 OTT 2 1 3 2 0 0 1 0 6 33.3 4 3 22:50 0:25
May 23 OTT@OTT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 14:05 0:00
May 21 OTT 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0.0 2 0 13:41 0:33
May 19 OTT@OTT 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 4 0 15:04 0:00
May 17 OTT@OTT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 1 18:03 1:42
May 15 OTT 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 4 0 15:21 0:41
May 13 OTT 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 4 0 14:45 0:03
May 10 WAS@WAS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 1 14:36 0:00
May 8 WAS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 4 0 13:53 0:00
May 6 WAS@WAS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 1 9:25 0:00
May 3 WAS 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 5 1 15:52 1:36
May 1 WAS 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 3 0.0 7 0 17:15 1:49
Apr 29 WAS@WAS 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 13:17 0:00
Apr 27 WAS@WAS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 4 0 12:59 0:00
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Apr 20 CLM Did Not Play
Apr 18 CLM@CLM Did Not Play
Apr 16 CLM@CLM Did Not Play
Apr 14 CLM Did Not Play
Apr 12 CLM Did Not Play
Apr 9 NYR@NYR Did Not Play
Apr 8 TOR@TOR Did Not Play
Apr 6 NJD@NJD Did Not Play
Apr 4 CLM Did Not Play
Apr 2 CAR Did Not Play
Mar 31 NYR@NYR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 0 1 17:43 0:46
Mar 29 CHI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 4 0 17:20 0:45
Mar 26 PHI 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 5 0 17:10 1:31
Mar 24 NYI 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 5 0 15:36 0:34
Mar 23 OTT@OTT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 2 19:45 2:04
Mar 21 BUF@BUF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 1 18:27 3:12
Mar 19 FLA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 1 20:47 3:09
Mar 17 NJD 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 3 0.0 6 0 15:46 0:39
Mar 15 PHI@PHI 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0.0 6 2 14:06 2:11
Mar 13 CGY@CGY 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 2 1 18:45 3:09
Mar 11 VAN@VAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 2 17:01 3:24
Mar 10 EDM@EDM 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 0 13:53 1:52
Mar 8 WPG@WPG 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 17:29 3:01
Mar 5 BUF 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 3 0 14:54 0:00
Mar 3 TAM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 4 1 14:13 0:00
Mar 1 CHI@CHI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 0 15:05 0:00
Feb 28 DAL@DAL 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 17:13 0:50
Feb 25 PHI 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0.0 6 1 15:20 2:16
Feb 21 CAR@CAR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 15:27 2:12
Feb 19 DET 0 0 0 -4 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 6 1 14:42 1:12
Feb 17 CLM@CLM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 2 0 16:44 0:00
Feb 16 WPG 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 50.0 6 0 17:34 0:29
Feb 14 VAN 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 3 1 19:34 1:19
Feb 11 ARI@ARI 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 3 0 18:53 1:38
Feb 9 COL@COL 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 25.0 0 0 15:17 1:21
Feb 7 CGY 1 0 1 -1 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 3 0 17:31 1:25
Feb 4 STL@STL 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 5 0 17:13 3:29
Feb 3 CLM 0 0 0 -2 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 7 1 13:03 0:00
Jan 31 NAS 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 100.0 3 1 15:04 1:43
Jan 26 BOS@BOS 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 18:26 4:26
Jan 24 STL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 5 0 12:04 0:14
Jan 22 BOS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 3 1 13:16 0:00
Jan 20 CAR@CAR 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 25.0 1 1 13:19 0:32
Jan 18 MON@MON 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 4 0 11:08 0:00
Jan 16 WAS 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 5 0 10:44 0:00
Jan 14 DET@DET 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 12:32 2:34
Jan 12 OTT@OTT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 4 0 14:13 1:42
Jan 11 WAS@WAS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 1 12:01 1:38
Jan 8 TAM 1 0 1 2 4 0 0 0 1 100.0 3 0 15:09 1:13
Dec 31 MON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 3 0 14:26 3:02
Dec 28 CAR 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 100.0 6 0 16:26 0:00
Dec 27 NJD@NJD 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 0 12:49 1:41
Dec 23 NJD 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 4 0 15:17 0:00
Dec 22 CLM@CLM 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 16:06 2:15
Dec 20 NYR 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 0 5 0.0 2 0 13:55 2:04
Dec 17 TOR@TOR 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 4 1 13:08 1:32
Dec 16 LOS 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 2 14:24 1:53
Dec 14 BOS 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 4 0.0 8 0 11:33 0:00
Dec 12 ARI 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0 12:33 2:04
Dec 10 TAM@TAM 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 12:43 0:45
Dec 8 FLA@FLA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 13:47 1:59
Dec 5 OTT 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 4 0 11:47 2:39
Dec 3 DET 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 5 0 15:57 1:20
Dec 1 DAL Did Not Play
Nov 30 NYI@NYI Did Not Play
Nov 26 NJD Did Not Play
Nov 25 MIN@MIN Did Not Play
Nov 23 NYR@NYR Did Not Play
Nov 21 NYR Did Not Play
Nov 19 BUF@BUF 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 3 0.0 3 1 17:40 1:36
Nov 18 NYI@NYI 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 2 0 15:32 4:12
Nov 16 WAS@WAS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 7 0 14:07 1:34
Nov 12 TOR 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 14.3 1 0 13:31 0:53
Nov 10 MIN 0 0 0 -2 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 3 1 17:50 2:20
Nov 8 EDM 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 4 0 16:23 1:50
Nov 5 SAN@SAN 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 100.0 1 1 16:05 0:41
Nov 3 LOS@LOS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 3 0 16:08 2:26
Nov 2 ANA@ANA 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 0 17:41 1:56
Oct 29 PHI@PHI 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 1 15:55 0:48
Oct 27 NYI 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 1 14:10 0:30
Oct 25 FLA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 4 1 16:04 0:58
Oct 22 NAS@NAS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 0 18:36 2:40
Oct 20 SAN 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0.0 5 0 20:39 6:13
Oct 18 MON@MON 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 0 15:10 3:27
Oct 17 COL 0 1 1 1 6 0 0 0 1 0.0 3 0 15:23 0:48
Oct 15 ANA 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 7 0 15:34 1:17
Oct 13 WAS 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 7 0 15:42 0:00

Chris Kunitz: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Kunitz was left unprotected by the Penguins for the upcoming expansion draft.

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Kunitz would like to play at least another season, preferably in Pittsburgh, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.

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Kunitz collected two assists and four PIM during Wednesday's Game 2 win over Nashville.

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Kunitz recorded two assists over 15:47 of ice time during Monday's Game 1 win over Nashville.

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Kunitz contributed his first two goals of the playoffs and a power-play assist in Thursday's 3-2 double-overtime Game 7 victory over Ottawa.

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Kunitz (lower body) will suit up for Thursday's clash with Washington, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

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Kunitz (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's pivotal Game 1 against the Capitals.

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Kunitz (lower body) told reporters he expects to be ready to go for Game 1 against the Capitals on Thursday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.

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Kunitz (lower body) took to the ice for the Penguins' practice Sunday sporting a non-contact uniform. He indicated after practice that he "felt alright. No issues." but he remains without a clear timeline for a return, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.

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Coach Mike Sullivan indicated Sunday that "Kunitz is going to be longer-term with a lower-body injury."

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Kunitz will not play Sunday due to a lower-body injury.

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Kunitz was aggressive in Friday's 6-4 home win over the Devils, doling out two PIM and six hits.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017-18

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2016-17

Kunitz has won two Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh and a third with Anaheim, but entering his age-37 season, he’s no longer a top scoring threat. He potted 17 goals and added 23 assists in 80 games, registering the lowest point-per-game scoring rate (0.50) since his rookie season in 2003-04. His peripherals can still help fantasy owners – he compiled a plus-29 rating, 56.0 Corsi For percentage and a career-best 264 hits – but his profile has changed from point producer to bottom-six grinder. With the Pens so close to the salary cap, it wouldn’t be surprising to see general manager Jim Rutherford move Kunitz’s expiring contract at the trade deadline, if not sooner.

2015-16

Kunitz delivered a career year with 35 goals and 68 points two seasons ago, but the way he flagged down the stretch in combination with his advancing age foreshadowed last season's steep dropoff, as he shaved 28 points off his total despite playing in just four fewer games. His ice time took a hit -- falling under 18 minutes on average for the first time in five years -- and the soon-to-be 36-year-old is at risk of seeing that number fall again this year. Ostensibly, he opens the season as the Penguins' No. 1 left wing alongside Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel -- a dream assignment. But David Perron earned time alongside Crosby after the Pens acquired him last year, and the team also brought in KHL import Sergei Plotnikov to play left wing, so Kunitz has plenty of competition. He's going to have to show that he can still run with the big boys, because the Pens have no room for a 40-point man on their top line.

2014-15

Kunitz set career highs in goals (35) and points (68) in 2013-14, but tailed off as the season progressed. The 35-year-old left winger totaled 55 points in 54 contests through January, but ended the campaign with only 13 points in his final 24 games. Furthermore, he produced just two power-play points during his slump. It's possible that the first-time Olympian simply wore down during the long season. He'll line up next to Sidney Crosby once again in 2014-15 and fellow linemate Pascal Dupuis will also return after missing much of last year. Even if Kunitz doesn't challenge his career numbers again, he's a good bet to reach the 50-point plateau.

2013-14

Kunitz eclipsed the point-per-game mark for the first time in 2012-13, netting 22 goals and 52 points in 48 contests. He also contributed with 16 power-play points (9G, 7A) and finished second among top-50 scorers with 104 hits. A late-season slowdown -- 13 points in his final 20 contests -- is a warning to fantasy owners not to overvalue him on draft day, however. Kunitz will likely skate with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis once again, giving him plenty of value as a multi-category player. That said, expecting more than 60 points out of the 34-year-old would probably be a mistake.

2012-13

Yet another Penguin who reached his career high in goals, Kunitz netted 26 while adding 35 assists and 18 power-play points in 2011-12. The muscle behind the Evgeni Malkin-James Neal line, the Regina, Saskatchewan native registered 180 hits, most among Pittsburgh forwards. He also finished third with 230 shots. Kunitz might be one of the lesser heralded fantasy assets in Pittsburgh, but he's a consistent threat in several fantasy categories. There's a chance he moves back onto a line with Sidney Crosby, but lining up with Malkin or Crosby is like picking between cake and ice cream. There's good reason to expect 55-60 points from Kunitz in 2012-13.

2011-12

Kunitz is an unheralded, injury-prone linemate of Sidney Crosby who has missed 48 games in the last two seasons. He scored 48 points (23 G, 25 A) in 66 contests in 2010-11 and figures to pick up points at a similar pace going forward. Kunitz's physical style lends itself to the monthly injury, so don't expect him to suit up on a nightly basis. At the same time, he's shown an ability to play alongside Crosby that few others have offered, making him a worthy fantasy selection. Kunitz also collected 155 hits in limited action, giving him added value in leagues that count such a statistic. Expect another 40-60 point season from Kunitz, just be ready to replace him whenever he gets hurt.

2010-11

Kunitz was slammed with injuries last season. He ended up needing surgery to correct an abdominal issue, sustained a torn groin, and was bothered by a bum shoulder. So, if Russian Roulette is your game, Kunitz could be the revolving ball that determines your do-or-die fate. On the right side of the bet he will showcase lengthy tears of offensive wonderment, but a bad gamble could mean that the myriad of injuries has crept back up and haunted his game. For what it's worth, Kunitz is coming off a stellar postseason in which he posted four goals and seven assists. Are you feeling lucky?

2009-10

Kunitz has scored somewhere between 21 and 25 goals in each of the last three seasons. He struggled with one goal in 24 playoff games last year, but that appears to be more likely a blip on the radar than a long-term problem. Kunitz's scoring rate with Pittsburgh last year -- 18 points in 20 regular season contests -- figures to fall off, but he still has a chance to eclipse his season-high point total of 60.

2008-09

Playing on Anaheim's top line offers Kunitz plenty of opportunities to produce, but that could change if Teemu Selanne is re-signed before the start of the season. Kunitz is a big part of the Ducks scoring output (21 G, 29 A last season) and playing along side of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry along with plenty of power-play shifts means if he stays healthy he has a good shot of making a difference on your fantasy team and putting up numbers comparable to his 2006-07 breakout season when he had his first 25-goal campaign and along with 35 assists. Kunitz has played 80-plus games for three consecutive seasons, with 50-plus points twice during the span. With Getzlaf establishing himself as an elite playmaker and scorer, Kunitz can do nothing but ride those coattails and continue to improve, even if he bounces around between Getzlaf's line and Brendan Morrison's group.

2007-08

Kunitz had a breakout campaign last season, tallying 60 points (nearly 20 more than his previous season's output) while ranking fourth on the team in that department. He was just signed to a four-year contract extension so he should feel more comfortable knowing that the Ducks want him around and think of him as a big part of the team's success.

2006-07

Kunitz could be bumped from the Ducks' top line, depending on how the cards fall with Stanislav Chistov, so avoid expectations of anything more than 40-point season until his linemates are determined.

2005-06

Although he might make the team, Kunitz won't provide much fantasy value until he has some true NHL seasoning under his belt. We'll give him at least one full season before we give you any recommendations.

2004-05