Kevin Sundher
Image: NHL

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.

 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 early in the year, he missed 25 games at the end of the year due to injury. Sundher 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.

2013-14: Sundher skated for Buffalo AHL affiliate Rochester in his second pro season. he scored 6 goals with 14 assists and was -1 with 25 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games — missing 11 games late in the season after suffering an injury in February. Rochester finished second in the North Division and lost to Chicago in a first-round playoff series. Sundher did not play in the playoffs.

2014-15: Sundher saw limited time for the Rochester Americans in a frustrating third pro season that saw him miss nearly three weeks mid-season due to an allergic reaction. A healthy scratch at times and in a lower line role when in the lineup, he spent nine games with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals, where he scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was -2 with 2 penalty minutes in nine 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. A prolific scorer with an edge to his game during his junior career, he has yet to show that same type of game in pro hockey.

Future

Sundher spent his third pro season with Buffalo AHL affiliate Rochester in 2014-15 and, much like his first two seasons, had hard luck when it came to staying healthy and when he did play showed little to suggest that he has much NHL potential. He has yet to display the scoring skills needed to be a consistent threat and is not strong enough in his defensive game to play that role at the next level. In the final year of his original entry-level contract, he is not likely to be re-signed by Buffalo and will have to earn a contract elsewhere for 2015-16. He is still skilled enough to be an effective scorer at the lower levels of minor league hockey and could be an intriguing option for a club in Europe.

Buffalo Sabres have talented, experienced group at minor-league level

by Jason Chen
on

Mark Pysyk - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Mark Pysyk is one of several talented defensive prospects the Buffalo Sabres have at the AHL level. (Abelimages/Getty Images)

The Buffalo Sabres' AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, are one of the biggest beneficiaries of the NHL lockout. Though Cody Hodgson, Marcus Foligno, Brayden McNabb, and T.J. Brennan have, for the most part, been pillars for head coach Ron Rolston, the Amerks are currently sitting just out of playoff position. Hurting the Amerks is overall consistency and a lack of quality depth up front.

Read more»

Patient approach at player development paying off for Buffalo Sabres

by Jason Chen
on

Brayden McNabb - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Defenseman Brayden McNabb (81) is one of several Buffalo Sabres prospects who would be competing for a spot in the NHL right now if not for the ongoing lockout. (Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)

The Buffalo Sabres have traditionally taken the long and steady approach to developing their projects, giving their prospects as much time as needed to develop into an NHL player. That patience has paid off, with many players drafted in the past five years making contributions at the NHL level last year, and are ready to this year, if or when the NHL lockout ends. Corey Tropp, Luke Adam, Brayden McNabb, Marcus Foligno, and a few others are among those who have proven that they can play in the NHL.

Read more»

Size and toughness main strengths of Buffalo Sabres prospect pool

by Jason Chen
on

Joel Armia - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Finnish forward Joel Armia is among the many promising young prospects in the Buffalo Sabres' system. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Slowly, the Buffalo Sabres are shedding their reputation for being an undersized team severely lacking in the toughness department. At the 2012 NHL Draft, GM Darcy Regier selected two marquee centers, Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons, with the 12th and 14th overall picks, giving them size, depth and versatility at that position.

Read more»

Related Articles