Hunter Warner

Hometown:

Eden Prairie Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1995-09-21

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Free Agent Signing, 2014

Weight:

202 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Hunter Warner skated in 26 games for Minnesota high school hockey power Eden Prairie as a sophomore. He scored 1 goal with 9 assists and had 37 penalty minutes. The defending AA state champions, the Eagles lost to Robbinsdale Armstrong, 2-1, in the section 6AA quarterfinals.Warner committed to playing college hockey at Minnesota State in 2014-15 in June 2012. 

2012-13:Warner made his USHL hockey debut with Waterloo — appearing in four games in November and two in March — and skated for Team Southeast in the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League in the fall before returning to Eden Prairie for his junior season. He had 1 assist and was -5 with 7 penalty in six games with the Black Hawks. In 25 games for Eden Prairie he scored 3 goals with 8 assists and had 62 penalty minutes. The Eagles lost to Benilde-St. Margaret’s in the Section 6AA semifinals. Hunter scored 1 goal with 8 assists and had 69 penalty minutes in 21 games for Team Southeast. 

2013-14:Warner played in the USHL — foregoing his senior season at Eden Prairie — and skated in the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Game in September. He began the year with Waterloo,  skating in seven games before being acquired by Fargo in November. and finished the season with the Force. He was -1 with no points and 2 penalty minutes with the Black Hawks and led Fargo with 125 penalty minutes in 43 games — finishing -6 with 2 goals and 10 assists. In August he signed with Prince Albert of the WHL rather than playing college hockey. 

2014-15: Warner skated with the Wild in the Traverse City prospect tournament as a free agent along with fellow suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul native and former Nebraska-Omaha forward Ryan Walters and attended training camp with Minnesota; signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Wild in September 2014 before joining the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders. He skated in 24 games with the Raiders, suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in late November. Paired at times with Jets’ prospect Josh Morrissey, he had 3 assists and was -7 with 25 penalty minutes. 

2015-16: Warner made his pro hockey debut in April 2016, joining the AHL’s Iowa Wild following an overage season with the Prince Albert Raiders. He had 1 assist and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in three games with Iowa. The Wild missed the AHL playoffs, finishing last in the Central Division. Warner scored 3 goals with 18 assists and was +1 with 78 penalty minutes in 72 regular season games for Prince Albert. The Raiders finished second in the East Division, falling to Moose Jaw in a first-round playoff series. Warner was -4 with no points and 11 penalty minutes in four playoff games.

Talent Analysis

Warner is a tall, lanky player who plays a physical game. He is not going to impress with offensive flair, but plays a simpler game. His frame and demeanor are typical of those of a shutdown defensive defenseman.

Future

Warner appeared in three AHL games with the Iowa Wild late in 2015-16 following an overage season with the Prince Albert Raiders. A solid presence in the lineup for Prince Albert as the Raiders reached the WHL playoffs, he projects as a big and physical stay-at-home defenseman. Warner will begin his pro career in 2016-17 — either with Iowa or in the ECHL.

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