Tyler Bunz
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Tyler Bunz

Hometown:

Regina Saskatchewan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-02-11

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2010

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

5th round (121st overall), 2010

Weight:

196 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2006-07: Tyler Bunz was chosen by the Medicine Hat Tigers in the first round (21st overall) of the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft.

2007-08: Bunz picked up his first WHL victory in his only appearance with the Tigers this season.

2008-09: In his WHL rookie season, Bunz played in 22 games for the Tigers, posting a 9-6-0-1 record in those games.  He finished with a 3.46 goals-against average and a .886 save percentage.  In 2 playoff games for the Tigers, Bunz posted a 4.93 goals-against average and a .887 save percentage.

2009-10: In 57 games for the Tigers, Bunz finished with a 31-19-3-2 record.  He posted a 2.91 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage.  In 12 playoff games, Bunz went 6-5-1 while finishing with a 2.92 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage.

2010-11: Bunz appeared in 56 games for Medicine Hat (WHL) in his second season as the Tigers’ starting goalie. He was 35-21 for the Tigers with eight of his losses coming in overtime or shootouts and had a 2.47 GAA and .919 save percentage. Bunz played in 10 of 15 playoff games for Medicine Hat and was 4-6 with one shutout and one overtime loss and had a 2.97 GAA and .912 save percentage.

2011-12: Bunz signed a three-year entry level contract with Edmonton in May 2012 after completing his fourth WHL season with Medicine Hat. Playing in a career-high 62 games for the Tigers, he received the Del Wilson Trophy as the WHL’s top goalie and was named to the East Conference 1st All-Star team. He finished with a record of 39-22 with five of the losses coming in overtime and recorded three shutouts. Bunz had a 2.57 goals against and .921 save percentage. Medicine Hat finished third in the Central Division with the WHL’s fifth-best record and reached the second round of the playoffs. Bunz was 4-4 in eight playoff games with one shutout and had a 2.78 goals against and .925 save percentage.

2012-13: Bunz made one AHL appearance with Oilers affiliate Oklahoma City and spent the bulk of his first pro season with the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder. He allowed 5 goals on 15 shots in 28 minutes of action in relief of starter Olivier Roy in an 8-2 loss to Milwaukee on January 25th in his only game with the Barons. Bunz played 37 games for Stockton and was 16-16-4 with 1 shutout; posting a 3.35 goals against and .886 save percentage. Bunz played in four playoff games as Roy started most of the playoffs during the Thunder’s run to the Kelly Cup finals. Bunz was 1-1 with a 3.03 goals against and .899 save percentage.

 2013-14: Bunz appeared in five games with Edmonton AHL affiliate Oklahoma City and was a backup to rookie Laurent Brossoit with the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors in his second pro season. He was 2-1-1 with a 3.63 goals against and .901 save percentage playing for the Barons. Oklahoma City finished third in the West Division and was swept by Calder Cup champion Texas in a first round playoff series. Bunz appeared in 13 ECHL games and was 5-2-3 with a 2.55 goals against and .903 save percentage. Bakersfield finished second in the Pacific Division and reached the Western Conference finals. Bunz did not appear in any playoff games with either team.

Talent Analysis

Bunz is a positionally and technically sound goalie who as considered one of the best Canadian goalies his age coming out of the WHL. His professional career to this point has failed to meet expectations and he has spent much of his time as a back-up goalie at the ECHL level. Bunz has undeniable natural talent but has yet to put the pieces together. He needs to regain the confidence and consistency that he once had in his goaltending.

Future

Bunz attended training camp with the Oilers before being loaned to the ECHL's Wichita Thunder to start the 2014-15 season. Now in his third pro season, he is backing up 31-year-old Tim Boron. Bunz has shown flashes this season with the Thunder but the fact that he has yet to rise above the ECHL level by this point does not bode well for his long-term NHL prospects.

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