Michael Bunting

Michael Bunting

28-Year-Old Left WingLW
Carolina Hurricanes
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Bunting was a late bloomer, but at the age of 26, he took advantage of an opportunity to play regularly alongside Mitchell Marner and Auston Matthews, which led to Bunting finishing third in Calder Trophy voting in 2021-22 after scoring 23 goals and 63 points in 79 contests. However, despite once again getting to play alongside elite forwards, Bunting regressed in 2022-23 to 23 goals and 49 points in 82 contests. He can make his presence known by playing with a level of nastiness, as evidenced by his 80 PIM in 2021-22 and 103 last year, though the winger's not a great source of hits, having never finished with more than 85 in a single campaign. Bunting tested the unrestricted free agent market over the summer and ultimately signed a three-year, $13.5 million deal with Carolina. The Hurricanes have more depth on the left wing than Toronto did, which might result in Bunting going from a first-line option to a third-line mainstay. That will put a damper on his offensive production, though his tenacity should remain a factor to maintain solid mid-round fantasy value. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $13.5 million deal with the Hurricanes in July of 2023.
Joining Canes
LWCarolina Hurricanes
July 1, 2023
Bunting signed a three-year, $13.5 million deal with the Hurricanes on Saturday, per Pierre LeBrun of TSN.
ANALYSIS
The deal carries an AAV of $4.5 million. The 27-year-old Bunting tallied 23 goals and 26 assists in 82 games last season with Toronto. He'll bring some scoring upside and a physical presence (85 hits, 103 PIM) to Carolina's bottom six in 2023-24.
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2022–23 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:48
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:49
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2020–21
16:42
1:54
0:01
2021–22
15:33
1:17
0:01
2022–23
15:48
1:49
0:00
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2021
One of the best values in the league in 2021-22, Bunting was signed by the Leafs to a $950K contract and rewarded them with 23 goals and 63 points in 79 games. It was enough to make Bunting a finalist for the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year, eventually won by Detroit's Moritz Seider. As good as Bunting played, he would seem to be a prime regression candidate this coming year. His time with the man advantage is limited (1:17 per game last season) and it's unlikely he'll score at the same clip when not surrounded by the likes of Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. Let another fantasy manager pay for Bunting's past production.
Bunting turned a 21-game audition with the Coyotes in 2020-21 into a two-year deal with the Maple Leafs in free agency. The reason: he scored 10 goals and added three assists while logging top-six minutes toward the end of last season. It doesn't take much to realize Bunting will likely experience a drop-off in both ice time and quality of play in 2021-22 -- he converted his shots at 26.3 percent in a limited sample last year on a bad team. The Maple Leafs' wing depth makes it unlikely Bunting cracks Toronto's top six this year, although he could still be effective as an energy winger on the third line. The 25-year-old probably won't top 25 points once regression takes hold, although he could start the year with power-play duties, which would provide a boost to his scoring numbers given the talent around him.
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Scores goal in loss
LWToronto Maple Leafs
May 3, 2023
Bunting scored a goal on two shots in Tuesday's Game 1 defeat to the Panthers.
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Plays in Game 6 win
LWToronto Maple Leafs
April 29, 2023
Bunting, previously a healthy scratch, played 16:21 in Saturday's 2-1 overtime win over the Lightning in Game 6.
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Will be scratched Thursday
LWToronto Maple Leafs
Coach's Decision
April 26, 2023
Although Bunting is eligible to return from his three-game suspension, Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe won't use him in Game 5 against Tampa Bay on Thursday, David Alter of Sports Illustrated reports.
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Eligible to return Thursday
LWToronto Maple Leafs
April 25, 2023
Bunting has served his three-game suspension and will be available for Game 5 against the Lightning on Thursday.
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Given three-game suspension
LWToronto Maple Leafs
Suspension
April 19, 2023
Bunting was handed a three-game suspension by the NHL on Wednesday for an illegal check to the head and interference against Tampa Bay's Erik Cernak during Game 1 on Tuesday.
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