Michael Bunting
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Michael Bunting

Hometown:

Toronto Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1995-09-17

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

4th round (117th overall), 2014

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Michael Bunting skated for the Scarborough Young Bruins midget AA team in Scarborough, ON.

2011-12: Bunting skated for the Young Bruins and was the high school athlete of the year at Toronto’s Blessed Cardinal Newman — where he played hockey, badminton and volleyball.

2012-13: Bunting played his first season of AAA hockey — skating for the Don Mills Flyers midget team in the Greater Toronto Hockey League. He scored 28 goals with 12 assists in 28 regular season games and drew the attention of OHL scouts at the OHA Cup — scoring 6 goals with 8 assists in seven games. Bunting was selected by Sault Ste. Marie in the ninth round (160th overall) of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.

2013-14: Bunting made his OHL debut with Sault Ste. Marie as an 18-year old and had an immediate impact skating on the Greyhounds’ top line with Jared McCann and Andrew Fritsch. In his first 45 games he scored 14 goals with 25 assists and was +11 with 32 penalty minutes. Bunting was ranked 37th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings prior to the 2014 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Bunting was a late-bloomer, playing multiple sports well into his teenage years before choosing to focus on hockey. On the ice he is a relentless pest who commits himself to outworking the opposition every shift. Most of the scoring opportunities he generates are the result of this work ethic and persistence.

Future
Sault Ste. Marie loaded up for the 2014-15 season, and with a number of graduates ahead of him on the depth chart departing for professional hockey, Bunting will be afforded more icetime and an expanded role for the 2015-16 season.

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