After playing in four games so far this season, the Calgary Flames have placed Dryden Hunt on waivers for the purpose of re-assignment. The forward did not record any points in his time and finished this stint with the NHL team with a -3 rating. A veteran of 206 NHL games, if he passes through waivers, Hunt is expected to join the Wranglers, where he put up 15 points in 17 games last season after being acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Radim Zohorna.
A lacklustre NHL appearance
In his four games with the Flames, Hunt bounced up and down the lineup, playing with nearly everyone on the team. However, he was very much the victim of the team struggling to get anything going this season. His numbers, though not great, do speak more to the team’s struggles than his own. Not really known for his offence, Hunt did add some value with his two-way game. Take a look at his chart from HockeyViz:
However, with call-up players, the hope is that they will be able to spark more from their linemates simply because of their hunger to play in the NHL. With the strong play of Martin Pospisil and Connor Zary in their respective call-ups, it was very hard to imagine the Flames keeping Hunt in the lineup. The move does make room for the Flames to keep at least one of the two former Flames draft picks in the lineup, while Hunt, assuming he clears, will likely earn a top-six role in the AHL with the Wranglers.
All the best to Hunt as he tries to fight his way back to the NHL. Here’s hoping his next call-up goes better than this one.