Liam Dunda

Hometown:

Grimsby Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-09-15

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

6th round (176th overall), 2015

Weight:

215 lbs.

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History

2012-13: Liam Dunda played for the Don Mills Flyers in the Greater Toronto Minor Midget Hockey League. He scored 20 goals with 21 assists and 82 penalty minutes in 54 games. Dunda was selected by Plymouth in the sixth round (114th overall) in the 2013 OHL Priority Draft. 

2013-14: Dunda skated in 50 regular season games and all five playoff contests for the Plymouth Whalers in his first OHL season. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was -11 with 56 penalty minutes during the regular season. Plymouth finished fourth in the West Division, falling to eventual OHL champion Guelph in the first round. Dunda had 2 penalty minutes with no points and an even plus/minus in the series against the Storm. 

2014-15: Dunda skated in 21 games for Plymouth in his second OHL season before being acquired by Owen Sound in a mid-season trade. He scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -4 with 22 penalty minutes with the Whalers. In 32 regular season games for Owen Sound he was -2 with 4 assists and 36 penalty minutes. The Attack finished fourth in the Midwest Division. Ironically, Dunda was once again on the losing end of a first-round series with Guelph, recording 1 assist and finishing -1 with 2 penalty minutes in the series against the Storm. Not among the 210 North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings, Dunda was selected by St. Louis in the sixth round (176th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

2015-16: Dunda played 64 games for the Owen Sound Attack in his third OHL season. He scored 7 goals with 7 assists and was -11 with 47 penalty minutes. The Attack finished fourth in the Midwest Division, falling to eventual OHL champion London in a first-round playoff series. Dunda  had no points and 2 penalty minutes in six playoff games.

Talent Analysis

Dunda is a big, physical forward who is still fairly raw and has shown limited offensive skills in his first two seasons of junior hockey.

Future

Dunda skated for the Owen Sound Attack in 2015-16, providing supplementary scoring in a lower line role as an 18-year-old. Still a work in progress, he will return to the OHL in 2016-17 looking to earn an entry-level contract with the Blues. Dunda would re-enter the 2017 NHL Draft if not signed. St. Louis has added several big, physical forwards through the draft with the hopes that they could emerge as a physical, two-way presence. Dunda fits that mold.

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