Michael Bunting

Arizona Coyotes
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Fantasy Summary

A hard working winger who models his game after Brad Marchand, he’s had the pest part down now the offense is starting to show. Could be a solid bottom-six winger in the NHL soon.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 4.0
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth September 17, 1995
Height 5‘11”
Weight 196 lbs
Drafted 2014 Round 4; Overall: 117

Observations

January 2019- It’s been an excellent first half to 2018-19 for Bunting. After a strong start to the season for Tucson, 18 points in 20 games, he was recalled to the Coyotes with the team hitting some injury issues. Bunting scored in his NHL debut and played well on a bottom-six role with Arizona before returning to Tucson. Since returning he’s been huge for Tucson, noticeable one of the team’s top players, racking up eight points in nine games. Bunting has continued to play a agitating game too, his 36 PIM’s third on the team, despite missing 11 games while with the Coyotes. Bunting will never be a huge scorer but he’s proving that he could be a valuable bottom-six winger with the Coyotes soon. Keith Duggan

October 2018- Bunting had an underwhelming camp with the Coyotes, cleared waivers and found himself in Tucson. After a breakthrough campaign last season, Bunting is expected to a have a big year in the AHL. He’s off to a strong start with one goal and three points in four games so far. Keith Duggan

June 2018- Bunting tied for the team lead in goals at 23 and was fourth on Tucson in points with 43 as he’s proving to possibly be a late bloomer. While those stats weren’t huge they were more impressive considering Bunting started on the fourth line before working his way up the lineup. He still played his pest game at the same time, leading Tucson in penalty minutes during the playoff’s with 27.  Bunting is coming off his entry-level contract so he would have to clear waivers to be sent to the AHL again. A small chance he makes the Coyotes for 2018-19, probably as a extra forward, but the better chance is Bunting is sent to Tucson again to keep developing. Keith Duggan 

December 2017- After two so-so season’s in the AHL, Bunting’s game is starting to come around. Playing a very pesty game, he’s starting to show some offense in the AHL, putting up a point per game pace in December. Bunting started the season as a bottom six winger but has worked his way up in the lineup now playing on the first line with first-round picks Dylan Strome and Nick Merkley. He won’t be a first line winger in the NHL but he could see a recall to the Coyotes as a fourth line pest soon if his strong play in the AHL continues. Keith Duggan

July 2017- While Bunting nearly made the Coyotes out of training camp, he put together a so-so season in the AHL, putting up similar numbers as his rookie pro season. His 13 goals and 28 points were slightly better then the 11 goals and 25 points Bunting put up the year before. He did however continue to play a very strong pest game, getting under the skin of opponents nearly every game. Bunting models his game after Boston’s Brad Marchand and he seems to have the pest part down. Now he just needs to show more offense at the AHL level first before he could have a chance at a fourth line pest job for the Coyotes in the future. Keith Duggan

November 2016- Despite a very strong preseason with the Coyotes, scoring two goals and three points in two games, Michael Bunting has been sent to Tucson of the AHL. With a solid finish to the 2015-16 season and now this preseason, Bunting’s game looks to be coming along and should be a under the radar/sleeper prospect to keep an eye on. Keith Duggan

July 2016- After a slow start to his first pro season, Michael Bunting came on strong to end the 2015-16 year on a high note. By the end of January, he had six goals and eight points, finding himself a healthy scratch at times and even spending a stint in the ECHL. But in Bunting’s last 21 games of the season he put up five goals and 14 points to finish the season with a 11-14-25 line in 63 games with Springfield of the AHL. Along with Bunting getting more comfortable and his offense coming along his agitating game came back too, getting under the other team’s skin on most nights. He’ll be back in the AHL for 2016-17 but look for Bunting to have a much stronger season and get on the Coyotes radar as a injury replacement. Keith Duggan

November 2015- With an slow start to his pro career in the AHL, only appearing in one game for the Springfield Falcons, Michael Bunting has been reassigned to Rapid City of the ECHL. Don’t give up on Bunting, he only played two seasons in the OHL and will need time to adjust to the pro game. In the ECHL he will get more playing time than in Springfield which will help him make that adjustment. Keith Duggan

August 2015- After an excellent showing at the Coyotes annual Prospect Development Camp during the summer, Michael Bunting was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract. Bunting seems ready for the next challenge and most likely plays in the AHL during 2015-16. Keith Duggan

June 2015- It was an awesome sophmore season for Michael Bunting who took his play up a level after a strong rookie year. He racked up 37 goals and 74 points in 57 games, along with only 39 PIMs despite playing a pretty effective agitating game. His Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds had a good run in the playoffs till running into Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters, Bunting putting up nine goals and 14 points in 14 games. It will be interesting to see where he ends up in 2015-16. Bunting has only played two seasons of major junior so a overage year in the OHL could be good for his development. But he seems ready for the next challange and could be up for the AHL. Keith Duggan

December 2014- Michael Bunting has been suspended ten games for a hit he threw on Sarnia Sting player Josh Chapman on 12/7. Aside from the suspension it has been a strong sophmore season for the 2014 fourth round pick. He’s totaled 29 points in 28 games, racking up 14 goals and 15 assists. Keith Duggan

June 2014- The Arizona Coyotes drafted Michael Bunting in the fourth round, 117th overall in the 2014 NHL entry draft. Keith Duggan

June 2014 –Playing in his rookie OHL season in his draft season, Michael Bunting impressed with his ability to make an impact almost immediately. Bunting climbed the depth charts and found himself earning valuable minutes on a strong Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds team. He is an intelligent player who gains good positioning and has strong instinctual reads. Bunting is strong in possession and shows a willingness to drive the net, despite being somewhat undersized. The former Don Mills Flyers’ forward has already experienced an impressive development and teams will be looking for him to continue on his development curve as he gains more experience. Brendan Ross


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Cardinal Newman Catholic CAHS - - - - - |          
 2012-2013 Don Mills Flyers Midget AAA GTHL 28 27 12 39 44 |          
  Don Mills Flyers Midget AAA OHA Cup 7 6 8 14 56 |          
 2013-2014 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 48 15 27 42 34 | Playoffs 9 5 1 6
 2014-2015 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 57 37 37 74 39 | Playoffs 14 9 5 14 10 
 2015-2016 Springfield Falcons AHL 63 11 14 25 41 |          
  Rapid City Rush ECHL 7 2 0 2 4 |          
 2016-2017 Tucson Roadrunners AHL 67 13 15 28 52 |          
 2017-2018 Tucson Roadrunners AHL 67 23 20 43 45 | Playoffs 9 3 1 4 27 
 2018-2019 Arizona Coyotes NHL 5 1 0 1 2 |          
  Tucson Roadrunners AHL 52 19 22 41 84 |          

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