Very talented offensive winger with top line upside. A high-end goal-scorer and a great playmaker. Good skater but not great. Needs to show more effort in his play without the puck.
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June 2020 – Gunler wrapped up a very strong draft-eligible season that saw him play primarily in the SHL and in a respectable role for a player his age. His 13 points in 45 games were third-most amongst U19 skaters and trailed only Alexander Holtz for draft-eligibles. Gunler is an offensive weapon. He knows where to be on the ice, how to find the soft spots, how to enact the most potential from space. His shot is very good. He has a nose for distributing as well. The off-puck effort remains concerning, but if you can focus him, his upside is very real. Cam Robinson
October 2019 – Swedish winger Gunler has an incredible ability to score goals in different ways because of his elite release and ability to shoot the puck. It doesn’t matter if it’s a wrist shot, a snap shot or a one-time slap shot, Gunler’s shots are hard and accurate, and he doesn’t need much time or space to get them off his blade. But he is not just a one-dimensional goal-scorer either; he’s also a great playmaker who can make difficult and creative passes look simple and casual. Gunler’s skating ability is good but not great. He also gets criticized for his defensive game but I believe both parts of his game would look better if he just gave more of an effort in his play without the puck. His lack of effort and movement can make it seem like he doesn’t get involved in plays and he’s disinterested but I don’t think that is the case in reality.
After dominating the junior league already last season, Gunler has spent the entire season at the top level in the SHL. He had five points in 15 SHL games last season but only has four points in 14 games so far this season. But as always, it’s important to understand the circumstances around him. The leading scorer on the Luleå team has just nine points. And Gunler has only received an average of 9:04 of ice time, with just 35 seconds of that average coming on the power play.
Gunler was cut from the U18 Worlds team last spring because he didn’t perform incredibly well in earlier tournaments, and there were also some reports about some possible attitude issues. Now, because he is born in 2001, he is ineligible to play at the under-18 level this season. And for whatever reason, the Swedish hockey federation doesn’t seem to like the idea of having him with the under-20 team either. Because of all this, Gunler could drop in most draft rankings. But Gunler will still get drafted relatively high because of his ability to generate offense. If he slips outside the top 10, someone could get a steal. Jokke Nevalainen