Michael Bunting

Michael Bunting

28-Year-Old Left WingLW
Pittsburgh Penguins
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Bunting was a late bloomer, but at the age of 26, he took advantage of an opportunity to play regularly alongside Mitchell Marner and Auston Matthews, which led to Bunting finishing third in Calder Trophy voting in 2021-22 after scoring 23 goals and 63 points in 79 contests. However, despite once again getting to play alongside elite forwards, Bunting regressed in 2022-23 to 23 goals and 49 points in 82 contests. He can make his presence known by playing with a level of nastiness, as evidenced by his 80 PIM in 2021-22 and 103 last year, though the winger's not a great source of hits, having never finished with more than 85 in a single campaign. Bunting tested the unrestricted free agent market over the summer and ultimately signed a three-year, $13.5 million deal with Carolina. The Hurricanes have more depth on the left wing than Toronto did, which might result in Bunting going from a first-line option to a third-line mainstay. That will put a damper on his offensive production, though his tenacity should remain a factor to maintain solid mid-round fantasy value. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $13.5 million deal with the Hurricanes in July of 2023.
Two helpers in season finale
LWPittsburgh Penguins
April 18, 2024
Bunting recorded a pair of assists in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Islanders.
ANALYSIS
Bunting had five multi-point efforts over the course of his 21-game stint in Pittsburgh. The winger thrived while playing in a second-line role for the Penguins, a spot he will likely continue to hold down heading into the 2024-25 campaign. The 28-year-old Ontario native fell one tally shy of reaching the 20-goal threshold, a mark he should be capable of getting back to with a full season on Evgeni Malkin's wing next year.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:07
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:50
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:19
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:51
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2021–22
15:33
1:17
0:01
2022–23
15:48
1:49
0:00
2023–24
15:07
2:50
0:01
2023–24
17:19
2:51
0:00
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Joining Team Canada
LWPittsburgh Penguins
May 3, 2024
Bunting will play for Team Canada in the upcoming 2024 IIHF World Championship.
ANALYSIS
Bunting had 19 goals and 55 points in 81 regular-season contests between Carolina and Pittsburgh in 2023-24. He won a gold medal with Canada in the 2021 IIHF World Championship, though he finished that tournament with no points in 10 appearances.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
2021
One of the best values in the league in 2021-22, Bunting was signed by the Leafs to a $950K contract and rewarded them with 23 goals and 63 points in 79 games. It was enough to make Bunting a finalist for the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year, eventually won by Detroit's Moritz Seider. As good as Bunting played, he would seem to be a prime regression candidate this coming year. His time with the man advantage is limited (1:17 per game last season) and it's unlikely he'll score at the same clip when not surrounded by the likes of Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. Let another fantasy manager pay for Bunting's past production.
Bunting turned a 21-game audition with the Coyotes in 2020-21 into a two-year deal with the Maple Leafs in free agency. The reason: he scored 10 goals and added three assists while logging top-six minutes toward the end of last season. It doesn't take much to realize Bunting will likely experience a drop-off in both ice time and quality of play in 2021-22 -- he converted his shots at 26.3 percent in a limited sample last year on a bad team. The Maple Leafs' wing depth makes it unlikely Bunting cracks Toronto's top six this year, although he could still be effective as an energy winger on the third line. The 25-year-old probably won't top 25 points once regression takes hold, although he could start the year with power-play duties, which would provide a boost to his scoring numbers given the talent around him.
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Gets back to 20-goal mark
LWPittsburgh Penguins
April 13, 2024
Bunting scored twice and went minus-2 in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Bruins.
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Three points including GWG
LWPittsburgh Penguins
April 7, 2024
Bunting scored the game-winning goal and added two assists in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Lightning.
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Scores in Thursday's win
LWPittsburgh Penguins
April 5, 2024
Bunting scored a goal on a team-high six shots in Thursday's 4-1 victory over Washington.
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Will play Monday
LWPittsburgh Penguins
April 1, 2024
Bunting (illness) will be in the lineup to face the Rangers on Monday, Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Leaves game due to illness
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Illness
March 30, 2024
Bunting left Saturday's game versus the Blue Jackets due to an illness.
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