Luke Kunin

Darren Walker

Kunin is a mature, smart, speedy goal-scoring centerman. He possesses elite-level offensive hockey sense and reads the play two to three steps ahead of everybody else. He possesses maybe the quickest first steps of all 2016 draft eligibles and is at full speed in two to three steps. After his lightning-quick acceleration, his top-end speed is special. When he gets to the NHL, he will immediately be one of the fastest players in the league. Kunin displays impressive vision and a great touch when playing the puck into space for teammates; he can make some creative dishes. He possesses a dangerous one-timer. Kunin also has a wicked backhander that he releases in Crosby-like fashion. His shot is probably his greatest asset, and that is saying a lot when you compare it to his incredible speed and extraordinary vision. He is all over the place in the offensive zone, tracking down the puck and jamming at it in the crease, or driving through the slot to the net. He will do whatever it takes to put his team on the board. A slick possession player, Kunin has quick hands and the ability to get creative, deking around defenders and goaltenders when he feels comfortable doing so. Defensively, he does a great job of using an active stick to create turnovers and is successful in knocking the puck away from opponents. He is always willing to block shots and pay the price to help his squad. Kunin is a clever player with good instincts. He thinks the game a step ahead of the play and uses his anticipation to generate scoring chances. Kunin played the off-wing on Wisconsin’s first line this season, but took and won a lot of big draws. He is an ace in the faceoff circle, and was also on Wisconsin’s first penalty kill and power play units, playing big minutes as the youngest player in college hockey.   (May 2016)