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Michael Bunting in a team practice with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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Michael Bunting Making Immediate Impact for the Penguins

Published March 24, 2024 at 12:21
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Julien Trekker
March 24, 2024  (12:21)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins' trade deadline acquisition Michael Bunting is already making an immediate impact with his new team.





In eight games, the forward scored six points, including three goals.

Michael Bunting already makes an impact with the Pittsburgh Penguins after blockbuster trade with the Carolina Hurricanes inolving Jake Guentzel



At the last trade deadline, Kyle Dubas made a controversial decision by trading Guentzel to the Carolina Hurricanes in return for Vasily Ponomarev Ville Koivunen, the rights to forward Cruz Lucius and conditional first-round and fourth-round picks in the 2024 NHL Draft.

Only eight games in, Bunting already showed why Dubas went after him at the deadline. He scored six points in eight games, and made a difference every night.

He plays a key role in the powerplay, which has struggled all year long. He also brings a physical presence in front of the net and a lot of determination on the ice.

"Michael Bunting has 3 goals, 3 assists, 6 pts in 8 GP for the penguins."

As for the other players involved in the Guentzel trade, they're also performing well:

"Vasily Ponomarev has 9 goals, 21 assists, 30 points in 43 GP in the AHL.

Ville Koivunen has 22 goals, 34 assists, 56 pts in 59 GP in SM-liiga

Cruz Lucius has 13 goals, 21 assists, 34 pts in 35 GP in NCAA."



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