Mark Cundari
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Mark Cundari

Hometown:

Woodbridge Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-04-23

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

Trade with St. Louis, 2013

Weight:

196 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Mark Cundari scored 32 points and 163 penalty minutes in 60 games with Windsor.

2009-10: Cundari had a career-year as part of the explose Windsor Spitfires. In 63 games, the blueliner scored 8 goals and added 46 assists for 54 points, good for third among defensemen behind Ryan Ellis and Cam Fowler. He also added 139 PIMs during the regular season. Cundari appeared in 19 games as Windsor capture their second consecutive Memorial Cup Championship and scored 3 goals, 15 assists for 18 points with 42 PIMs.

2010-11: Cundari skated in 69 of 80 games for the AHL Peoria Rivermen in his first pro season. Despite missing time with back spasms, he was the second-leading scorer amongst Peoria defensemen with 10 goals and 20 assists and was +6 with 106 PMs. Cundari appeared in three of four playoff games for Peoria as the Rivermen were swept by Houston and was -2 with 1 assist and 4 PMs.

2011-12: Cundari’s second pro season with the Blues AHL affiliate Peoria was interrupted by a mid-season concussion. He was off to a fast start, scoring 1 goal with 8 assists in the Rivermen’s first 18 games before suffering the injury in early December.  He appeared in 48 games total for the Rivermen, scoring 3 goals with 12 assists and was minus-10 with 62 penalty minutes. Peoria missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Midwest Division.

2012-13: Cundari made his NHL debut with the Flames in April 2013 after being acquired by Calgary from St. Louis as part of the Jay Bouwmeester trade. He had a goal and and assist in his first NHL game, a 4-1 win over Minnesota on April 21st, and finished -2 with 1 goal, 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes; averaging 19:46 minutes of ice time in his four-game stint. Cundari spent most of his third pro season in the AHL – playing 56 games with Blues affiliate Peoria and two games with the Abbotsford Heat before being recalled by the Flames. He scored 7 goals with 21 assists, including three assists with the Heat, in 58 AHL games and was +4 with 93 penalty minutes. The Heat missed the playoffs after finishing fourth in the North Division. Cundari was re-signed to a one-year deal by Calgary as a restricted free agent in July, 2013.

 

Talent Analysis

Cundari projects as a two-way defenseman. Despite his small frame, he is a strong player and is willing to play the physical game. He does not shy away from the corners. His positioning is excellent and rarely gets beat one-on-one. He flashed some offense in junior with the productive Spitfires as a puck-moving defenseman. His decision making with the puck is an area that could be improved.

 

Future

Cundari will start the 2013-14 season in a Heat jersey as he contends for a roster position in Calgary. With the increased stockpile of quality defenders in the organization, Cundari will have to demonstrate his play is up to par to earn spot in the lineup.

 

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