Cody Kunyk
Image: Alaska-Fairbanks

Cody Kunyk

Hometown:

Sherwood Park Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-05-20

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2014

Weight:

194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2005-06: Cody Kunyk scored 21 goals with 37 assists and 26 penalty minutes in 32 games for the Sherwood Park Monarchs midget AA team in Alberta.

2006-07: Kunyk appeared in two games with the junior A Sherwood Park Crusaders in the AJHL and was tied for second with 32 points in 35 regular season games for the J. Ennis Kings midget AAA team. He had no points and 2 penalty minutes with the Crusaders. Kunyk scored 15 goals with 16 assists and 58 penalty minutes during the regular season for the Kings. He had 6 assists and 22 penalty minutes in eight midget AMHL games.

2007-08: Kunyk skated for the Crusaders as a 17-year-old in his first full season of junior A hockey. He scored 13 goals with 11 assists and 34 penalty minutes in 51 regular season games. Sherwood Park finished fourth in the North Division and lost to Bonnyville in the playoffs. Kunyk scored 2 goals with 3 assists and 2 penalty minutes in five playoff games.

2008-09: Kunyk was the fifth-leading scorer for Sherwood Park in his second season with the Crusaders. He scored 25 goals with 33 assists and 61 penalty minutes in 61 regular season games. Sherwood Park finished third in the North Division and reached the North Division finals against Grande Prairie. Kunyk scored 3 goals with 5 assists and 2 penalty minutes in ten playoff games. In April he accepted a scholarship offer to play college hockey at the University of Alaska in 2011-12.

2009-10: Kunyk was named the AJHL’s Most Valuable Player in his third season with Sherwood Park and played for Canada West in the 2009 World Junior A Challenge. He scored 44 goals with 43 assists and 33 penalty minutes in 51 regular season games for the Crusaders and had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in three playoff games. Kunyk scored 5 goals with 5 assists in five games for Canada West at the WJAC.

2010-11: Kunyk was the University of Alaska’s leading scorer in his freshman season. He scored 12 goals with 18 assists and was a team-best +12 with 28 penalty minutes in 38 games for the Nanooks. Alaska finished seventh in the CCHA and swept Michigan State in a first round playoff series before falling to Miami in the quarterfinals.

2011-12: Kunyk was invited to the Vancouver Canucks’ development camp in July before returning to Fairbanks for his sophomore season. Kunyk again led Alaska in scoring in what was a frustrating season for the Nanooks, who slipped to tenth in the CCHA and were swept by Lake Superior State in a first round series. Kunyk scored 15 goals with 17 assists and was +6 with 18 penalty minutes in 36 games.  

2012-13: Kunyk attended the Tampa Bay Lightning’s prospect camp in July prior to his junior season with Alaska. He was the Nanooks’ second-leading scorer behind senior Andy Taranto with 11 goals and a team-leading 17 assists and was -2 with 22 penalty minutes. Alaska finished sixth in the CCHA in the conference’s final season and was upset by last-place Michigan State in a three-game first round playoff series.

2013-14: Kunyk signed an NHL contract with the Lightning after being named the WCHA’s Player of the Year in his senior season in Fairbanks. He appeared in one regular season game for Tampa Bay, making his NHL debut and seeing 10 minutes of ice time with no points nor penalty minutes in an April 11th game at Washington. Kunyk was an assistant captain for the Nanooks and scored 22 goals with 21 assists; finishing +13 with 22 penalty minutes in 37 games. Alaska finished tied for third with Bowling Green in the re-aligned WCHA and lost to Governor’s Cup rival Alaska-Anchorage in a three-game WCHA quarterfinal series. Tampa Bay signed Kunyk to a one-year entry-level contract on March 20th, 2014.

2014-15: Kunyk skated in 69 of 76 regular season games for Tampa Bay AHL affiliate Syracuse in his first pro season. Playing in a lower line role, he scored 10 goals with 16 assists and was -13 with 38 penalty minutes. The Crunch finished second behind Hartford in the re-aligned Northeast Division and were swept by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a best-of-five first round playoff series. Kunyk played in two of three playoff games with no points nor penalties.

Talent Analysis

Kunyk was a consistent scorer at the college level who is in the process of developing the supplementary areas of his game to be a consistent lower line center at the pro level. He experienced the fits and starts common for a first-year pro making the jump from college hockey but has shown glimpses of his potential.

Future

Kunyk experienced an uneven first pro season with Tampa Bay AHL affiliate Syracuse in 2014-15 — showing potential at times but struggling at others. Signed to a one-year contract, he would become an unrestricted free agent if not tendered a qualifying offer by the Lightning by July 2015. He is likely to return to the AHL in 2015-16, either with Syracuse or elsewhere. Long-term Kunyk's strength and ability to play in tight spaces suggest some potential as a lower line forward at the NHL level. He is still developing at this point.

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