Wild Selects Luke Kunin in First Round of 2016 NHL Entry Draft

The Minnesota Wild selected center Luke Kunin (pronounced KUHN-in) with the 15th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft tonight at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

“Luke is a versatile, two-way forward that can play center and wing,” said Assistant General Manager Brent Flahr. “He has a tremendous work ethic, great speed and an NHL shot. He’s been a leader everywhere he’s played and we are excited to welcome him to the Minnesota Wild organization.”

Kunin, 18 (12/4/97), totaled 32 points (19-13=32) and 34 penalty minutes (PIM) in 34 games during his first season at the University of Wisconsin in 2015-16, leading the club in goals and shots, and ranking second in points.

The native of Chesterfield, Mo., was the second-youngest player in the NCAA in 2015-16, but tied for third in goals amongst all freshman skaters and became the first Badger to be named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

The 6-foot, 193-pound forward totaled 33 points (18-15=33) and 28 PIM in 52 games as captain of the U.S. National Team Development Program’s Under-18 Team in 2014-15. Kunin registered 38 points (20-18=38) and 39 PIM in 52 games with the U.S. NTDP’s Under-17 Team in 2013-14.

He captained Team USA to a gold medal at the 2015 Under-18 World Championship, scoring six goals in seven games, and helped the U.S. claim gold at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Kunin entered the evening ranked 11th in the final NHL Draft Prospect Ratings of North American Skaters.

The Wild currently owns three picks in rounds 2-7 of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft which starts Saturday at 9 a.m. CT on the NHL Network: #106 in the fourth round and #196 and #204 in the seventh round. Additional on-site coverage of the Wild’s 2016 draft selections is available at wild.com/DraftCentral.

[Minnesota Wild press release]

Report: U.S. Center for SafeSport to Investigate Bill Guerin’s Alleged Role in Lawsuit
By Tony Abbott - Oct 22, 2021
Depth and Newcomers Carried the Wild This Weekend
By Aaron Heckmann - Oct 18, 2021

Starting Adam Beckman In Iowa Sends the Wrong Message

The Minnesota Wild’s training camp battles came to an end on Saturday. Rookies Marco Rossi, Matt Boldy, Calen Addison, and Adam Beckman all came into St. Paul […]

Continue Reading