Luke Kunin

Minnesota Wild
Jean Pieri

Fantasy Summary

Deadly sniper with well balanced skill level across all areas of the game, Kunin may not ever reach an elite level, but is a safe bet to become a top-6 scorer.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country USA
Position RW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth December 4, 1997
Height 6‘0”
Weight 192 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 1; Overall: 15

Observations

April 2018 – Kunin’s first pro season was a relatively mixed bag, with an extended look in Minnesota, some poor stretches with Iowa, being an NHL healthy scratch, and ending with a devastating ACL injury in March that will sideline him for over half a year. He appeared to be carving out a role in Minnesota beforehand, and I imagine that will continue when he returns after a short stint with Iowa. Kunin is a lethal scoring forward who had a relatively solid developmental year. Hayden Soboleski

March 2017 – Kunin’s season ended with a quick playoff exit against Ohio State University this weekend as Wisconsin lost both games by a combined score of 8-2. On the bright side, Kunin scored one of those goals to cap off a productive step forward in his young career. It’s unclear whether he will earn himself a contract at the moment as his season was by all accounts relatively similar to his year last year. Breaking 20 goals and improving his points per game by 16% is definitely a step forward, but another year of seasoning for Wisconsin to make a serious run next year might be in the cards for Kunin. An electrifyingly skilled goal scorer captaining his squad at 19-years-old, the outlook seems bright for Kunin to make his mark on Minnesota sooner rather than later. He finished seventh in NCAA scoring among U20 players, and he will will likely be earning himself a pro contract in 2018, if not this summer.

Kunin is undoubtedly skilled and has a natural instinct for finding the back of the net. He will likely slot as a reliable second or third line offensive center that any contending team like Minnesota would need to keep their team well set up under the salary cap. He may not land in a Wild uniform until 2019 after some AHL time similar to Alex Tuch, but when he arrives, he will be a welcome addition. Will Scouch

August 2016 – Luke Kunin hit the ground running the best he could in the development camp given he’s a bit wetter behind the ears than most the others reporting for duty. Contrary to many teenagers at this junction in their development he was very rarely not where he’s suppose to be. Kunin is already showing glimpses of an impressive game on the offensive end but blended into the background a bit on defense. Still, a pleasant surprise overall and gives the Wild faithful something to look forward to when he makes the big jump. Edric Joseph

June 2016 –Kunin scored nearly a point per game pace in his draft year with Wisconsin and finished strong with nine goals in his final ten games. . He shows promise as a terrific source of secondary scoring but every so often will tease a phenomenal shot. He’s got a good motor whether he has the puck on his stick or if he’s engaging in a board battle. Blessed with skill, smarts and a work ethic to match Kunin is effective on both sides of the puck, brings leadership qualities and can get under opponents skin to boot. Kunin will return for another year of seasoning in the  NCAA.  Edric Joseph


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 St. Louis AAA Blues U16 T1EHL U16 34 30 38 68 18 |          
 2013-2014 USNTDP Juniors USHL 32 11 12 23 27 |          
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 52 20 19 39 35 |          
  USA U17 WHC-17 6 2 4 6 0 |          
 2014-2015 USNTDP Juniors USHL 20 10 4 14 12 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 61 27 15 42 34 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 7 6 0 6 2 |          
 2015-2016 Univ. of Wisconsin NCAA 34 19 13 32 34 |          
 2016-2017 Univ. of Wisconsin NCAA 35 22 16 38 30 |          
  Iowa Wild AHL 12 5 3 8 16 |          
  USA U20 WJC-20 7 2 2 4 25 |          
 2017-2018 Minnesota Wild NHL 19 2 2 4 13 |          
  Iowa Wild AHL 36 10 9 19 34 |          
 2018-2019 Minnesota Wild NHL - - - - - |          

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