Luke Kunin
Luke Kunin
21-Year-Old CenterC
Minnesota Wild
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kunin enjoyed a much better pro season than his first, playing in 49 games at the top level and racking up 17 points. The 15th overall pick from 2016 has a strong all-around skill set, and his offensive ceiling is boosted by an exceptional hockey IQ that seems to consistently put him in the right place at the right time in all three zones. The St. Louis native figures to be a near lock for the Opening Night roster and will almost certainly remain with the big club for the majority of the campaign. The depth chart seems to be stacked at forward, but Kunin should push for a role on one of the top three lines. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Wild in March of 2017.
On scoresheet in crazy loss
CMinnesota Wild
October 12, 2019
Kunin scored a goal on two shots in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Penguins.
ANALYSIS
Kunin's goal made it 6-4 late in the third period, adding a little drama to the contest near the end. It's his first point in four games, but he's had 10 hits, 12 shots on goal and four PIM as well. The bottom-six forward is not likely to do enough to attract attention for fantasy purposes.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:01
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:05
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:04
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
0:00
0:00
0:00
2017–18
12:59
0:03
0:56
2018–19
0:00
0:00
0:00
2018–19
15:53
1:17
1:27
2019–20
16:01
0:05
2:04
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Kunin's first full season as a pro didn't exactly go as the Wild had planned. The 20-year-old acquitted himself fairly well with AHL Iowa, scoring 10 goals and 19 points in 36 games, but he didn't make much of an impact with the big club before a torn ACL ended his campaign in early March. The 15th overall pick in the 2016 draft has a strong all-round skill set, and his offensive ceiling is boosted by an exceptional hockey IQ that seems to consistently put him in the right place at the right time in all three zones. Kunin's recovery has gone well and he should be 100 percent by training camp, but a return to the AHL to begin 2018-19 isn't out of the question. Once he's proven his knee is fine, however, look for him to quickly challenge for a top-nine spot.
The 15th overall pick in the 2016 draft got his profession career off to a promising start by scoring five goals with two assists in 12 games in the AHL last year after playing for the University of Wisconsin. He could be an impact player when he reaches the NHL. He'll compete for a roster spot in training camp, but most likely begins the season in the AHL again.
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Begins season on third line
CMinnesota Wild
October 4, 2019
Kunin had four shots on goal and three hits, but was a minus-2 in 16:20 of ice time in Thursday's loss at Nashville.
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Getting second line shot
CMinnesota Wild
September 26, 2019
Kunin has been getting preseason playing time as the second-line center in hopes he'll fit into that position for the regular season, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
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Added to Team USA roster
CMinnesota Wild
May 17, 2019
Kunin will join the United States at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.
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Shipped back to minors
CMinnesota Wild
April 9, 2019
The Wild sent Kunin back to AHL Iowa on Tuesday.
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Solid in abbreviated season
CMinnesota Wild
April 8, 2019
Kunin accumulated six goals and 17 points while averaging 15:53 of ice time in 49 games this campaign.
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