Fantasy Take: Kunin Moved To The San Jose Sharks

Michael Clifford

2022-07-08

The Nashville Predators sure are doing things lately, and the latest was to send Luke Kunin to the San Jose Sharks and a third-round pick. Kunin, going into his age-25 season, was a 15th overall pick in 2016 by Minnesota, and managed 41 points in 120 games with Nashville. The official announcement:

There is a lot he does in the fantasy game so let's break this down.

What San Jose gets

My main focus during the NHL season is on daily fantasy, not season-long. As a guy that plays a lot of DFS, I can say with some confidence that the reason we would use Kunin in contests is because he shoots. His 7.6 shots per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 ranks somewhere near the top-third of the league, in the range of other middle-6 wingers like Nino Niederreiter and Jakob Silfverberg. That he typically doesn't play much – not a season with at least 16 minutes a game – is why his shot rates are generally under two shots per game. He is going to a San Jose team that is utterly bereft of talent all over the place, and wing stands out especially. After Timo Meier, we're looking at Alexander Barabanov, Rudolfs Balcers, Matt Nieto and, well, you get the idea. It really isn't out of the re