Brad Hunt
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Brad Hunt

Hometown:

Maple Ridge British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-08-24

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2013

Weight:

174 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08:Brad Hunt played 60 games for the Burnaby Express in his second season in the BCHL. He scored 16 goals with 39 assists and had 53 penalty minutes.

2008-09: Hunt skated in all 37 games for Bemidji State as a freshman. Teamed with senior Cody Bostock on the top pair for the Beavers, he scored 9 goals with 23 assists and was +6 with 24 penalty minutes. Seven of his nine goals were scored on the power play. The Beavers finished first in the four-team College Hockey America conference then stunned the nation by defeating Notre Dame and Cornell in the NCAA Midwest Regional to reach the Frozen Four; falling to eventual runner-up Miami, 4-1, in the semifinals.

2009-10: Hunt played 37 games for Bemidji State in his sophomore season. He scored 7 goals (five on the power play) with 26 assists and was +14 with 35 penalty minutes. The Beavers finished first in College Hockey America in the regular season and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after a loss to Niagara in the CHA tournament semifinals. Bemidji State lost to Michigan, 5-1, in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals.

2010-11: Hunt was again the top offensive defenseman for Bemidji State in his junior season as the Beavers made the step up to the WCHA. In 38 games he scored 5 goals with 21 assists and was -4 with 33 penalty minutes. The Beavers finished tenth in the WCHA in the regular season but swept Nebraska-Omaha in a first round playoff series and then defeated Minnesota-Duluth, 3-2, in overtime before falling to Denver, 6-2, in the WCHA semifinals.

2011-12: Hunt made his pro hockey debut with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves following his senior season at Bemidji State. He scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was -3 with 8 penalty minutes in 14 regular season games with the Wolves. Hunt was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for the Wolves in their five-game playoff series with San Antonio, scoring 1 goal with 3 assists, and was +1. In his final season at Bemidji State he scored 5 goals with 21 assists in 38 games and was -4 with 8 penalty minutes. The Beavers finished ninth in the WCHA and were swept by North Dakota in a first round playoff series.

2012-13: Hunt played for the AHL’s Chicago Wolves in his first pro season. Seeing limited ice time early in the season due to the NHL lockout, he played 65 games and finished the year as the leading scorer amongst Chicago defensemen. Hunt scored 4 goals with 29 assists and was +2 with 22 penalty minutes. The Wolves missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Midwest Division. Hunt signed a two-year entry-level contract with Edmonton in July, 2013.

2013-14: Hunt made his NHL debut with the Oilers in a January 3rd game at Anaheim and played in three games for Edmonton before being returned to the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons. He had no points nor penalties and was -3, averaging 12:36 minutes of ice time in his three-game stint with the Oilers. Hunt was the second-leading scorer for the Barons behind center Anton Lander in his second pro season. He scored 11 goals with 39 assists and was +7 with 34 penalty minutes in 66 regular season games. The Barons  finished third in the West Division and were swept by Calder Cup champion Texas in a first round playoff series. Hunt scored 1 goal and was -2 with 4 penalty minutes in three playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Hunt is an undersized defenseman with puck-moving ability and an excellent slap shot. He can help his team in transition and on the power play. Defensively he is sometimes overmatched and his positional play is an issue at times.

Future

Hunt attended his second training camp with Edmonton — opening the 2014-15 season with the Oilers before being waived and assigned to AHL affiliate Oklahoma City in early November. He was recalled in December and skated in five more NHL games before being reassigned. Hunt had a limited impact skating with the Oilers but continues to be a dominant offensive player for the Barons. Hunt appears to be pretty close to his full potential — the type of small, skating defender who can consistently create scoring chances at the minor level or in Europe but is limited against NHL competition.

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