Kevin Sundher
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Kevin Sundher

Hometown:

Surrey British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-01-18

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

3rd round (75th overall), 2010

Weight:

177 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2006-07: Kevin Sundher was chosen in the first round (7th overall) of the 2007 WHl Bantam Draft by the Chilliwack Bruins.

2007-08: Sundher saw limited action with the Bruins, playing in 6 games for that club.  He had no goals and 1 assist for 1 point while finishing +2 in those games.

2008-09: In his WHL rookie season, Sundher played in 67 games for the Bruins.  He scored 19 goals and added 20 assists for 39 points while picking up 68 penalty minutes.

2009-10: In 72 games for the Bruins, Sundher scored 25 goals and added 36 assists for 61 points.  He added 101 penalty minutes on the season.  In 6 playoff games for the Bruins, Sundher scored 3 goals and added 2 assists for 5 points.

2010-11: Sunder served as an assistant captain in his third full season with Chilliwack. He scored 24 goals with 52 assists and was -11 with 93 PMs. Of his 24 goals, five were scored on the power play and two were short-handed tallies. Sundher was the leading-scorer for Chilliwack in their five-game, first-round playoff series with Spokane. He scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was -2 with 6 PMs.

2011-12: Sundher began the year with the re-located Victoria Royals (formerly Chilliwack) before being dealt to the Brandon Wheat Kings. He was the Royals'  leading scorer and seventh in the WHL with 64 points in 40 games prior to the trade. Expected to boost the Wheat Kings' Memorial Cup prospects, Sundher had a rough second half, appearing in just 18 games for Brandon (and  one regular season game after suffering a concussion in mid-February). He scored 4 goals with 7 assists and was minus-12 with 12 penalty minutes for Brandon. The Wheat Kings finished second in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Sundher scored 1 goal with 2 assists in nine playoff games and was plus-one with 9 penalty minutes. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Sabres in December, 2011.

2012-13: Sundher made his AHL debut as a 20-year-old, skating in a lower line role for Buffalo's AHL affiliate in Rochester in his first pro season. A healthy scratch at times throughout the season, he appeared in 38 games, scoring 4 goals with 9 assists, and was -4 with 26 penalty minutes. The Americans finished second in the North Division and were swept by first place Toronto in the first round of the playoffs. Sundher did not play in any playoff games.

 

Talent Analysis

Sundher can skate and he can make offensive plays, but he lacks the size and the physical edge to create room for himself and his teammates. He has a tendency to shy away from the physical game, which is something that needs to be addressed if he wants to make the NHL. Sundher has the potential to become a good AHL scorer, but many more aspects of his game have to improve.

 

Future

Sundher was used all over the lineup in Rochester and did not make much of an impact on most nights. He needs to get stronger and play with more confidence, allowing some of his scoring ability to shine. Sundher will spend the year in Rochester and is a long shot to make the Sabres down the road.

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