|Written by Yas Guthe|
April, 2012- Kuhnhackl made a shrewd decision coming over to the OHL season from Germany, which is not a hockey hotbed for NHL talent. He adjusted quickly, posting 68 points in 63 games during the regular season and 23 points in 18 playoff games for the Windsor Spitfires. He has a heavy shot and understands a lot of the nuances of the hockey better than most of his peers globally. Kuhnhackl does have a seldom seen edge to his game, as evidenced by his hit on Ryan Murphy, which earned a 20-game suspension during his second game with the Niagara IceDogs in November 2011. After he returned to the IceDogs, he posted a little less than a point per game pace. Kuhnackl will turn pro and spend some time in the Penguins’ minor league system. Kuhnhackl could land a spot in the long term to play with one of Pittsburgh’s marquee centers but is still likely three years or more away from that possibility. Still has room to grow and could end up in a wide range of roles.
Good shot and skater. A consistent producer. Must prove himself in the minors. Above average upside
Kuhnhackl with the Windsor Spitfires finding the puck to defeat the Erie Otters:
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