Kyle Baun

Hometown:

Toronto Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-05-04

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2015

Weight:

210 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Kyle Baun appeared in two Junior A games with the Toronto Junior Canadiens as a 16-year-old and skated for the midget AAA Toronto Titans. He had 1 assist in his brief stint with the Junior Canadiens. Playing on the top line with forwards Sean Sutton and Andrew McLennan for the Titans, Baun was a big part of things as the squad captured the GTHL Championship. The Titans defeated the Toronto Red Wings in the finals to reach the Central Region championship; missing out on a chance to compete for the Telus Cup after finishing fifth in the seven-team tournament.

2009-10: Baun skated in 45 of 50 regular season games for the Toronto Junior Canadiens in his first season in the re-christened Central Canadian Hockey League. He scored 5 goals with 10 assists and 27 penalty minutes. The Junior Canadiens finished sixth in the West Division and lost to the Hamilton Red Wings in a seven-game preliminary series. Baun had no points with 6 penalty minutes in seven playoff games.

2010-11:Baun attended training camp with the OHL’s London Knights before skating for the Cornwall Colts in the CCHL. He scored 19 goals with 23 assists and 44 penalty minutes in 56 regular season games and represented the Robinson Division in the CCHL all-star game. Cornwall finished first in the Robinson Division before falling to Yzerman Division champion Pembroke in the finals of the Bogart Cup playoffs. Baun scored 7 goals with 1 assist and 26 penalty minutes in 16 playoff games. Baun played for silver medal-winning Canada East at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge, finishing with 1 assist and 6 penalty minutes in five games.

2011-12: Baun was the fourth-leading scorer for Cornwall — behind twin brothers Tyson and Tylor Spink and Mike Borkowski, all fellow Colgate University recruits — in his second season with the Colts. He scored 29 goals with 32 assists and 50 penalty minutes in 42 regular season games, missing time with a back injury. The Colts finished first in the Robinson Division and reached the Bill Salonen Cup finals for the second straight season, falling to Yzerman Division champion Nepean. Baun scored 8 goals with 12 assists and 16 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games.

2012-13: Baun led Colgate with 14 goals in his freshman season. He had 10 assists and was +5 with 28 penalty minutes in 35 games, scoring 7 of his 14 goals on the power play for the Raiders. Colgate finished 11th in the 12-team ECAC Hockey League and lost to St. Lawrence in a first round playoff series.

2013-14: Baun was Colgate’s fifth-leading scorer in his sophomore season. With the Spink brothers finishing 1-2 in scoring and Borkowski fourth, all five of the Raiders’ top scorers were sophomores and four were former Cornwall Colts. Baun scored 11 goals with 15 assists and was +8 with 53 penalty minutes in 39 games. He was again dangerous on the power play, scoring six goals with the man-advantage. The Raiders finished second in ECAC Hockey and earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Midwest Regional after a 5-2 loss to Union in the conference championship game. Ferris State defeated Colgate, 1-0, in the Midwest Regional semifinals.

2014-15: Baun signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Blackhawks as a free agent in March 2015 following his junior season at Colgate and made his NHL debut in three late season games with Chicago. He had no points nor penalties and was -1, averaging 12:32 minutes of ice time, skating for the Blackhawks. Baun was the second-leading scorer for Colgate behind former Cornwall teammate Tyson Spink, sharing the team lead with Spink with 14 goals. He had 15 assists and was +12 with a team-high 68 penalty minutes in 38 games. Colgate finished tied with Dartmouth for fourth in ECAC Hockey. The Raiders swept Dartmouth in a conference quarterfinal series and defeated St. Lawrence, 4-3, in overtime to reach the ECAC Championship game but did not receive an NCAA tournament bid after a 4-2 loss to Harvard in the championship game.

Talent Analysis

Baun is the grandson of Stanley Cup-winning Maple Leafs' defenseman Bobby Baun. He has the prototypical size of a power forward and makes good use of his frame on both ends of the ice. He has the foot speed to be more than just a big body on the ice and produced offense consistently during his college career. He will need to continue to develop in all areas of his game to be more than just a potential lower-line candidate.

Future

Baun made his NHL debut with Chicago in three late season games in 2014-15 following his junior season at Colgate. Long-term his size and physical attributes suggest he can be a lower, line energy forward with some crash to his game. He does have some offensive ability and could develop that side of his game. He will likely begin his pro career at the AHL level in 2015-16 and will need to continue refining all areas of his game to play at the NHL level on a consistent basis one day.

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