Hunt signed a two-year, one-way contract extension with the Wild on Monday.
Hunt will make $1.4 million over the life of the deal. In 42 games between the Golden Knights and Wild in 2018-19, Hunt recorded 12 points. He should continue to fill a third-pairing role in Minnesota.
Hunt had just one assist while averaging 15:58 of ice time in 15 March games.
While averaging 1:52 of power-play ice time in that span, it's surprising that Hunt couldn't luck into more points. The 30-year-old has made his presence felt in other ways, racking up 18 hits and 25 blocks this campaign. Sitting at just 12 points in 40 games, Hunt shouldn't be anywhere near most fantasy lineups with two regular-season games remaining.
Hunt has no points while averaging 15:59 of ice time since the calendar turned to March.
Although there have been just six March contests, it's still concerning that Hunt is pointless, considering his 2:33 of average power-play time in that span. The 30-year-old has been an average fantasy contributor this campaign, accumulating 11 points in 30 games. If power-play time continues, it could be only a matter of time before Hunt gets back in the point column.
Hunt rung up a power-play goal in Tuesday's win over the Jets.
Hunt has played in 11 games since being traded to the Wild from the Golden Knights. He has three goals -- all on the power play -- and an assist to show for it. Hunt has carved out a niche with the Wild, although he's still an occasional healthy scratch like he was in Vegas.
Hunt scored a power-play goal and added an even-strength assist in Friday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Devils.
Pressed into service as a forward after spending the last four games in the press box, Hunt not only didn't look out of place, he showed some offensive skill in his limited opportunities -- he played only 6:36 on the night, although nearly two minutes of that came with the man advantage. The 30-year-old defenseman will likely lose his spot again once Victor Rask (lower body) or Matt Hendricks (upper body) gets healthy, but Hunt's showing in this one might encourage head coach Bruce Boudreau to give him a longer look.
Hunt scored his first goal with the Wild in a 3-1 loss to the Stars on Friday.
It was just his second game with the Wild, as he came over in a trade from the Golden Knights last week. In 15 NHL games this season, Hunt has three goals and eight points. It's unrealistic to expect Hunt to continue the 0.43 points-per-game average he maintained in a season and a half with Vegas, but he's certainly off to a good start in Minnesota.
Hunt will make his Wild debut Wednesday versus the Avalanche, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Hunt was traded to the Wild from the Golden Knights on Monday. The plan is for the sixth-year defenseman to accompany Jonas Brodin to form the second pair against the Avs. It will be interesting to see how much of an impact moving to his fifth NHL team has on Hunt; we're certainly not expecting him to keep up with the 0.43 points-per-game pace he'd established with Vegas.
Hunt and a sixth-round draft pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft were traded to the Wild on Monday in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft from the Knights.
Hunt was rarely deployed by the Knights over his past two seasons with the team and he'll likely be facing a similar role with the Wild in the remainder of the season ahead. In order to make room for Hunt on the roster, Louis Belpedio was sent to AHL Iowa.
Hunt (personal) returned to practice Thursday, Ben Gotz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Hunt missed practice Wednesday while attending his grandfather's funeral in Vancouver. It appears he will still be available Friday and will look to add to his six points through 12 games this season.
Hunt is currently away from the team as he tends to a personal matter, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
Hunt, who missed practice Wednesday, reportedly is in Vancouver for his grandfather's funeral service. The Golden Knights don't play again until facing the Ducks in Anaheim on Friday.
Hunt scored a goal and an assist, both on the power play, in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Canadiens.
The 30-year-old has only played in eight games this season as he's bounced in and out of the press box, but he now has two goals and five points in his limited action, with four of those points (all but one goal) coming with the man advantage. Nate Schmidt is eligible to return from his suspension Nov. 19 in Calgary, which will put additional pressure on Hunt for playing time, but the veteran's utility on the power play could keep him in the mix on the Vegas blue line.
Hunt scored an even-strength goal in Saturday's 3-0 win over Carolina.
The goal was the first of the season for the defenseman as he helped Vegas pick up the victory. Hunt only has two points on the year, but he is seeing power-play time.
Hunt scored a power-play goal in Monday's 5-3 preseason home loss to the Avalanche.
Hunt and Jon Merrill have specifically been mentioned as players whose playing time could be substantial in the infancy of the 2018-19 season to fill the void created by the 20-game suspension for Nate Schmidt, who was Vegas' top offensive defenseman with 36 points last year. Hunt receiving time on the man advantage in the preseason is a great sign that he could have a prominent role in 2018-19.
Hunt could be heavily involved early in the 2018-19 season, the Las Vegas Sun reports.
Unless the Golden Knights make a late offseason trade, there will be plenty of minutes for Hunt since the young club's top defenseman, Nate Schmidt, has been suspended for the first 20 games. Hunt frequented the press box last year, as he was limited to 45 contests and held out of the playoffs entirely. The 30-year-old amassed 209 points (57 goals, 152 assists) through 287 AHL games between 2011-17, but he's factored into less than 35 percent of scoring plays at the top level. While an uptick in playing time certainly won't hurt his fantasy prospects, it remains to be seen whether Hunt can capitalize on the opportunity.
Hunt scored a power-play goal and dished out two assists -- one with the man advantage -- in Tuesday's win over Columbus.
Hunt is now riding a three-game point streak and is up to 12 points in 24 contests. The 29-year-old was a big-time producer in the AHL and could be a sneaky good fantasy pickup right now. He's racked up eight of his points with the man advantage and is averaging almost two shots per game. If he can stick in the lineup, Hunt is capable of being a good offensive contributor from the back end.
Hunt will play in Sunday's contest against the Rangers, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Hunt has played just one of the last 17 games for the Golden Knights. With seven assists in 17 games on the year, the 29-year-old blueliner isn't much of a fantasy asset based on his limited playing time.
Hunt is struggling for regular minutes, as he has served as a healthy scratch in five of the Golden Knights' previous six outings.
Coming out of the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, Vegas was stacked with blue line talent, which meant Hunt was always going to face an uphill battle to get into the lineup. The emergence of Shea Theodore has only served to push Hunt further down the depth chart. Barring a run of injuries, fantasy owners can probably anticipate the 29-year-old will be observing from the press box more often than not.
Hunt will not play Saturday afternoon against the Senators, as he'll cede the start to Shea Theodore.
The B.C. native has been terrific offensively for the flashy Golden Knights, as he's averaging a point per game purely by means of racking up seven helpers so far. However, he's likely watching from the press box in this next one as the result of his posting a minus-3 rating over the last two games -- both losses for Vegas.
Hunt picked up a power-play assist in a 4-2 win over Chicago on Tuesday.
Hunt has four assists over his last three games, including three coming with the man advantage. After being scratched for Vegas' first four games, the 5-foot-9 blueliner is proving why he can be an every-night player.
Hunt picked up two helpers -- one on the power play -- in a 3-2 overtime win over the Blues on Saturday.
The 29-year-old blueliner now has three assists in as many games this season. He's posted an assist on the man advantage in each of the last two games. Hunt was a healthy scratch for Vegas' first four games this year, but he's slowly playing his way into a more important role. Still, it's unlikely that he'll have much fantasy relevance moving forward.
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