Kuynk, Cody

AHL Game Night: 11-29-14 Crunch at Bears

Vasya rising up.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. That's 2 quality starts out of his last 3, including the command performance in the Frozen Dome game. Now, if I'm Zettler, I declare Vasilevskiy the hot hand and see if I can ride him a little while. Time to see if that talent can translate to more results. Even without superior centermen, I feel Syracuse should score plenty of goals. They'll go as far as the goaltending takes them, though.

First Period
SYR Paradis, (6) (Gourde, Mormina), 6:06

Second Period
HER Galiev, (3) (Carrick, Kennedy), 16:41 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Kunyk, (3) (Vermin), 1:58
SYR Kunyk, (4) (Mormina), 14:51 (PP)
SYR Marchessault, (8) (Gourde), 19:04

Cody Kunyk, Philippe Paradis, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars. Kunyk pots the GWG and the insurance goal in a good night's work. Paradis has 5 goals and 6 points in 3 games this week, essentially daring Bolt Prospects not to select him Player of the Week. With 2 helpers, Yanni Gourde now has 9 goals and 18 points in 13 November contests. He and Jonathan Marchessault are now tied for 8th in the AHL in scoring (at the moment of this posting) with several others, 4 points back of the leader.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Counting on Kunyk for Offense

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Realizing it was his last chance, Cody Kunyk made a case for a contract.

Looking to continue his career past the collegiate level, Kunyk registered more than a point per game in his senior season at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Kunyk earned a deal in March, but now the 24-year-old is the oldest rookie on the Syracuse Crunch roster and is out to prove himself again.

"My last year was definitely my best year," Kunyk said. "Being an older guy, I had to play with a chip on my shoulder. I knew that there wasn't going to be a tomorrow. I had to make my own path. I gave it everything I had every game, and I was fortunate enough to sign a contract."

"I think it adds a little more grit to my game," he added. "I feel like I have a little bit more to prove since I'm an older guy."

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Andrei Vasilevskiy went the distance and allowed 5 goals for the loss.

Cody Kunyk, Jerome Samson, and Joel Vermin were Syracuse's goal scorers.

Game story from Syracuse.com.

Bolts Give F Cody Kuynk One-Year Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Cody Kunyk to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Kunyk, 24, made his NHL debut with the Lightning on April 13 at Washington, logging 10:12 in ice time. He was signed by Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent on March 20, 2014.

The Sherwood Park, Alberta native skated in 37 games for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks last season, posting 22 goals and 43 points to go along with 22 penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating. The 5-foot-11, 197-pound forward led the Nanooks for goals, points, power-play goals (six) and shorthanded goals (two). Kunyk was named the WCHA's Player of the Year and to the First Team All-WCHA team. He also led the WCHA for scoring during the 2013-14 season.

Kunyk skated in 148 games over four seasons at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, amassing 60 goals and 133 points. He set career highs his senior year for goals, assists (21) and points. Kunyk became the 30th Nanook in program history to join the 100-point club with a goal on November 22, 2013.

Lightning Extend Qualifying Offers to Six Players

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have issued qualifying offers to six players, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. There were four players who were not qualified.

Players receiving qualifying offers were forwards Brett Connolly, Cody Kunyk, Richard Panik, and Philippe Paradis. Defensemen Dmitry Korobov and Andrej Sustr also received qualifying offers.

The deadline for NHL clubs to issue offers is today. By issuing qualifying offers to the aforementioned players, the Lightning are given the right of the first refusal or draft choice compensation should the player sign an offer sheet with another NHL club.

Players who did not receive qualifying offers are defensemen Keith Aulie and Charles Landry, forward Geoff Walker and goaltender Anders Lindback. They will all become unrestricted free agents tomorrow.

NHL Game Day: 4-13-14 Lightning at Capitals

101 reasons to be proud of their regular season.

WSH-0 (SO)

Anders Lindback stopped all 18 shots he faced and 3 of 3 shooters for the SO victory to deliver the Lightning home ice in the first round of the playoffs against Montreal. His toe save on a Backstrom 1-timer on a Third Period penalty kill was the stuff of legend. Big Anders is definitely getting hot at the right time of the year.

First Period

Second Period

Third Period


TB- Carle

Lindback was named the first star of the game. The Lightning needed a win of any flavor to get home ice in the first round and, for the most part, they remained patient and didn't get too loose defensively trying to get the W. Washington looked like they wanted no part of the game and the Lightning dominated possession and shots (32-18), but with Holtby playing pretty well there was a chance the Lightning would start freelancing outside of their system and allow the Washington skill players to capitalize. They did not, fortunately, and Matt Carle delivered the one finish they needed to get the Lightning back to Tampa Bay on Wednesday for Game One against the Habs.

The Lightning finish the season with 101 points. Triple digits is impressive for any team. For a team with so many prospects who established themselves at the NHL level this year, though, it's unbelievable.

Mike Kostka had 1 hit and 3 blocked shots in 15:41 and was denied dekeing to his backhand in the penalty shot session.

Cody Kunyk had 2 shots and 1 hit and was 20% on draws in 10:12. He nearly set up Kucherov for the winner in the Third Period off some forechecking work in the corner. First impressions: smooth skater who will work hard in the corners and along the wall. First step could use a little attention, but couldn't we all use a little first step improvement? Should be a good add for Syracuse next season.

Cedric Paquette had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 16:19 and was 47% on draws. He nearly set up Callahan for a nice deflection goal off the rush, but there were moments you could see his lack of speed could be a vulnerability on the backcheck.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Cody Kunyk


Out of Organization
Sherwood Park, ALB
Signed as a restricted free agent on March 20, 2014
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)
Projects As: 
2nd line center

Draft Info

Draft Status: 


Contract Status: 
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
Contract Type: 
Contract Length: 
1 year
Cap Number: 
$874 125
Contract Start Year: 
Contract End Year: 
Contract End Status: 
$874 125




  • AJHL (North) All-Star Team
  • AJHL Most Valuable Player


  • NCAA (CCHA) Second All-Star Team


  • NCAA (WCHA) First All-Star Team
  • NCAA (WCHA) Player of the Year
  • NCAA (West) Second All-American Team

Scouting Report


Has a strong lower base, so he wins puck battles regularly. Skates well and also owns good hockey sense, which makes him a sound two-way performer.


The jury is still out on his ability to finish at the highest level. Also, his overall playmaking skills and creativity can also be questioned.


Two-way center with a little upside.


Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2003-2004 Sherwood Park Flyers Bantam AAAAMBHL31 16 2036 19|        
 2004-2005 Sherwood Park Flyers Bantam AAAAMBHL39 16 1531 46|        
 2005-2006 Sherwood Park Monarchs Midget AAREMHL32 21 3758 26|        
 2006-2007 Sherwood Park Kings Midget AAAAMHL35 16 1632 58|Playoffs8 0 66 22 
  Sherwood Park CrusadersAJHL2 0 00 2|        
 2007-2008 Sherwood Park CrusadersAJHL51 13 1124 34|Playoffs5 2 35
 2008-2009 Sherwood Park CrusadersAJHL61 25 3358 61|Playoffs10 3 58
 2009-2010 Sherwood Park CrusadersAJHL51 44 4387 33|Playoffs3 0 11
  Canada West U19WJAC-195 5 510 0|        
 2010-2011 Univ. of Alaska-FairbanksNCAA38 12 1830 28|        
 2011-2012 Univ. of Alaska-FairbanksNCAA36 15 1732 18|        
 2012-2013 Univ. of Alaska-FairbanksNCAA37 11 1728 22|        
 2013-2014 Univ. of Alaska-FairbanksNCAA37 22 2143 22|        
  Tampa Bay LightningNHL1 0 00 0|        
 2014-2015 Syracuse CrunchAHL69 10 1626 38|Playoffs2 0 00
 2015-2016 Gentofte StarsDenmark27 13 1629 10|        
 2016-2017 Utica CometsAHL61 15 2237 16|        
  Alaska AcesECHL2 0 22 0|        
 2017-2018 SaiPaLiiga51 12 1830 51|Playoffs9 2 46 39 
 2018-2019 SaiPaLiiga- - -- -|        

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