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Fantasy Summary

Two-way center that plays with high-end smarts and intelligence, enough upside to potentially become a middle six forward.


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June 2022 – After being acquired for Anthony Richard mid-season, Huntington stuck in the top-six for Milwaukee a majority of the year. Through 34 contests with the Admirals, he scored seven goals and 23 points. He also was one of their best playoff performers, with four goals in the nine games played. Huntington is a restricted free agent who should be back with the Admirals in 2022/23. Like Novak, he is a smart two-way center and has the potential to be a helpful player in Nashville’s bottom six at some time in the future. Curtis Rines

February 2022 – Huntington has been traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for centre Anthony Richard. Pat Quinn
November 2019 – After signing an entry-level contract with the Lightning last year, Huntington has begun his pro career with Tampa’s AHL affiliate in Syracuse. Through his first nine games with the Crunch, Huntington currently finds himself without a point, however, a brief three-game stint with the Solar Bears in the ECHL saw the young Canadian pick up his first professional points, as he posted one goal and three points. Huntington is coming off a sensational final season in the QMJHL and remains an intriguing project to keep track of. Brandon Holmes

July 2019 – Jimmy Huntington was signed to an entry-level contract by the Tampa Bay Lightning after an impressive 20-year-old season for the Rimouski Oceanic. Centering the line of 2020-eligible Alexis Lafreniere, Huntington’s production spiked in 2018-2019, as he posted a gaudy total of 40 goals and 92 points in 66 regular-season games before tallying an additional 16 points in the playoffs for Rimouski.

Huntington’s skill set appears to have taken a major step forward this past year, as his skill level has gotten much better since going undrafted. Huntington has become smoother with the puck on his stick, allowing him the ability to deke out goaltenders in tight or find gaps in defenses with his hands in order to generate scoring opportunities. His vision is quite good, as he can make occasional flashy passes and can find teammates in the slot with a good amount of regularity. The reservation with Huntington lies in his ability to drive his own line; Lafreniere was the perfect linemate which allowed him to find more time and open space to make an offensive impact on the game, however, Huntington was not a top-line QMJHL player before arriving in Rimouski. If Huntington can succeed at the AHL level without the power of a phenom on his line, he projects optimistically as a middle six role player in the NHL. Brandon Holmes

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 3.5
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth November 19, 1998
Height 6‘0”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Laval PatriotesQC Int PW2 0 11 0|        
 2010-2011 Laval PatriotesQC Int PW2 1 01 0|        
 2011-2012 Laval Patriotes M15 AAAMMBAA32 8 1220 12|Playoffs2 0 11
 2012-2013 Laval Patriotes Midget EspoirQM17AAA4 2 24 2|        
 2013-2014 Laval Patriotes Midget EspoirQM17AAA26 11 1324 12|Playoffs4 2 46
  Laval-Montréal Rousseau RoyalQM18AAA9 0 33 0|Playoffs4 0 00
 2014-2015 Laval-Montréal Rousseau RoyalQM18AAA30 8 816 16