Tom Kühnhackl

Mark Allan

2018-05-13

 

Tom Kuhnhackl, RW/LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 196

Born: 1992-02-21

Hometown: Landshut, Germany

Drafted: 2010 by Pittsburgh, 110th overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

May 2018 – The hard- but clean-hitting, hard-working winger does the thankless work in the trenches and epitomizes the kind of fourth-liners that every successful team needs. He had just two goals and six assists in 69 NHL appearances, but his OT shot that rang off the iron almost sent the Penguins to Game Seven against Washington and kept Pittsburgh’s Cup hopes alive. He’s an RFA but he’s costing the Pens just $625,000. Expect cash-strapped GM Jim Rutherford to manage a small raise for this valuable foot soldier. Mark Allan

 

February 2018 – Almost ready to return from a lower-body injury, the hard-working, physical German is a good bet to cling to an NHL job at the bottom of a crowded crop of forwards. Once Derick Brassard arrives to take the third-line center role and push Riley Sheahan down a line, that leaves several players competing for bottom-line winger duties. With the trade of RW Ryan Reaves and demotion of skilled forward Dominik Simon, the 6-2, 196-pound Kühnhackl and Carter Rowney will likely join Sheahan as an effective, experienced No. 4 trio. Mark Allan

 

January 2018 – Averaging just 10:26 TOI, the durable and loyal foot soldier does the dirty work on Pittsburgh’s fourth line without taking stupid penalties (just six PIMs). Besides two goals and five assists in 46 games, he averages about one SOG per game, has an assist each on the PP and SH, one GWG, 105 hits and 39 blocks. He’s the kind of player every championship team needs, but is fantasy-worthy only in deep pools that include peripheral cats. Mark Allan

 

October 2017 – The 25-year-old German winger is plugging away on Pittsburgh’s fourth line with Carter Rowney and tough guy Ryan Reaves. A good-skating, hard-shooting, eager-hitting depth player, Kϋhnhackl got into all of the Penguins’ first six games two assists, 11 hits, four blocks and is plus-1. Improbably, he registered PP and SH assists (he’s on the second PK unit). He’ll surprise you with the odd contribution; just don’t expect much. Mark Allan

 

June 2017 – The husky German put up numbers (4 Gs, 12 As, plus-8) comparable to last season’s stats with Pittsburgh, albeit in 15 more games. While he was often a healthy scratch, that’s due more to Pittsburgh’s abundance of NHL-caliber forwards rather than his lack of value to the team. Never mistaken for Evgeni Malkin, Kühnhackl is a valuable bottom-six presence whose steady two-way physical play discourages opponents and complements linemates with timely secondary scoring. Mark Allan

February 2017Kühnhackl's status with the Penguins has slipped a notch or two since his strong second half and Stanley Cup champion playoff contributions last season. The burly German has been a healthy scratch for the past several games in spite of inj