Bunting Swinging for The Fences! (Video)

Let’s face it there are a lot of question marks on the Leafs left side this season. The only thing for certain in the top six is Mathews will have Marner on his right side, and Tavares will have Willy Nylander on his.

The Leafs left their stars at home last night and headed to the Nation’s capital, where they iced the Sens 4-0. One player making the most of the extra power play time was Michael Bunting. The 26 year old forward made his case for first line minutes by potting 2 with the man advantage in the second period. Then, adding another late in the third to complete the hat-trick.

In a small NHL sample size of only 26 games, Bunting has scored at 0.42 clip, with an otherworldly shooting percentage of 25.6%. The shooting percentage seems unsustainable, but if he can be a secondary option for the slick passing Marner, Bunting is going to get a lot of good looks at the oppositions net.

The loss of Zach Hyman has been something Leaf fans have been rambling about all off-season long, but the new addition may be being overlooked by the Boys in Blue’s fan base. Bunting is still new to the league, but has a previous track record with Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe and GM Kyle Dubas, from their days with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. The management and coaching staff believe Bunting can add some sandpaper to the top line, as well as some low zone scoring touch.

Bunting isn’t known for his speed, but he can skate, he has a good shot and has recorded at least 1 hit in each of his NHL games. We aren’t far off from opening night, but after swinging for the fences last night Bunting has made a good case for himself to be the man to replace Zach Hyman on that top line. We won’t have to wait long to see how the lineup pans out, as the Leafs open the season Oct 13th against the rival Canadians, and take on the Senators in back to backs on the 14th and 16th. Let’s see if Bunting hits another home run!    

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