2004-05: Kaunisto is the highest ranked draft eligible skater from the NAHL appearing on Central Scouting’s Mid-Term rankings. Kaunisto enjoyed an outstanding rookie season with the Soo Indians that culminated in his selection to the NAHL All-Rookie Team. He finished second on the Indians roster in scoring with 40 points (20 goals, 20 assists) in 55 appearances. His four game-winning goalswere tied for second on the time, while his 72 penalty minutes was third.
2005-06: In 53 games with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL Kaunisto posted 5 goals, 14 assists, and 78 PIM.
2006-07: In his freshman season with Northern Michigan University Kaunisto posted 3 goals and 30 PIM in 41 games.
2007-08: in his sophomore season the gritty forward posted 8 goals, 5 assists, and 44 PIM in 40 games.
2008-09: In his junior season Kaunisto posted 7 goals, 7 assists, and 56 PIM in 40 games.
2009-10: In his senior season with Northern Michigan University, Kaunisto posted 18 goals, 14 assists, and 78 PIM in 40 regular season games. At the end of the season, he signed an entry-level deal with the Los Angeles Kings.
2010-11: Kaunisto skated in 57 games for Manchester (AHL) in his first season of pro hockey. Playing in mostly lower line duty, he provided sound two-way play and finished with a -6 plus/minus with 8 goals and 6 assists with 50 PMs. Kaunisto played in all seven playoff games as the Monarchs, after finishing second in the Atlantic Division, faced eventual Calder Cup champion Binghamton in the first round. Kaunisto scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was -2 with 4 PMs in the series.
Kaunisto's main attributes are his fluid skating style, his rugged style of play and his large frame.
Kaunisto playing for Manchester in the AHL for the 2011-12 season.