EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BRAD HUNT BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK

Lowetide
January 03 2014 04:15PM

 

The Edmonton Oilers recalled Brad Hunt today, and word is he'll play in Anaheim against the Ducks tonight. His NHL debut comes at a sorry time for the organization, but I'm sure he won't care. Brad Hunt is going to be a bona fide NHL player in just a few short hours—it's been a long time coming.

WHO IS BRAD HUNT?

 

Brad Hunt wears #29 for the Oklahoma City Barons.He's an undersized pro defenseman (5.09, 174 according to the AHL site, 5.09, 188 according to the Hockey News) with good puck moving skills. His AHL boxcars this year (27, 3-12-15 +1) imply a successful offensive defenseman and Jonathan Willis suggested as much in the summer. 

  • WillisWhat Hunt obviously brings to the organization is offence from the blue line. Two years ago, his coach at Bemidji State said he had an NHL caliber slap shot. In 2013, the hockey world received hard evidence of that as Hunt had the second-hardest shot (99.5 miles per hour) at the AHL All-Star game. His best chance at NHL employment might be as a power play specialist – 15 of his 33 points last seasoncame with the man advantage despite the fact that he didn’t get a lot of games right out of the NHL lockout.

That article linked to also details his previous experience with Craig MacTavish, which no doubt led to Hunt's signing with the Oilers (MacT coached him while both were with the Chicago Wolves organization). 

BRAD HUNT ACTUAL FACTUAL

  • He's from Ridge Meadows, BC, which is really Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows area of the lower mainland. 
  • He played college at Bemidji State, which is in Minnesota. Current NHLer Matt Read is from there, and former NHL player Joel Otto also came from Bemidji.
  • He turned pro at the end of the 2011-12 season with the Chicago Wolves.
  • In 2012-13, he scored well (65, 4-29-33) and the Oilers came calling.
  • Hunt is enjoying a strong AHL season in OKC and is clearly a player the Oilers want to look at between now and summer.
  • The most similar player-type in terms of skill set on the Oilers is probably Phil Larsen, although it is unlikely we'll see the same speed from Hunt.

THE BEMIDJI BEAVERS SONG 

Go Bemidji Beavers,
Go you Green and White.
Go Bemidji Beavers,
Fight with all your might.

We are here to cheer you.
We're out to bring you fame.
So go Bemidji Beavers,
Fight and win this game.

B-E-M-I-D-J-I Bemidji, Bemidji, Go BEAVERS!!

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

It's a great day for Brad Hunt. His NHL debut will probably be a blur, but that line in TOTAL HOCKEY and HOCKEY-REFERENCE page will be there for history. No matter what happens after that, Brad Hunt is an NHL player.

(Barons photos by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved).

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#51 outdoorzguy
January 03 2014, 09:41PM
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Hunt should wipe the smile off of his face. He's losing by 2. Nothing to smile at!!

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#52 RexHolez
January 03 2014, 09:50PM
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Hey look, you can cross check a guy in the face and dislocate his jaw in an outdoor game and it'll only cost you whatever you have in your pocket!!

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@outdoorzguy

He's playing in his first NHL game, he has plenty to smile about!! Not his fault this team is pathetic

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#54 TeddyTurnbuckle
January 03 2014, 09:57PM
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Marincin looks pretty good again, even though he was on for that last goal. That was Gagner and Yaks fault for the lazy effort along the boards.

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#55 outdoorzguy
January 03 2014, 10:25PM
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RexHolez wrote:

He's playing in his first NHL game, he has plenty to smile about!! Not his fault this team is pathetic

If I was Hunt I'd ask for a trade as soon as the game is over!

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#56 Loweblows
January 03 2014, 10:34PM
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Ekblad!

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#57 Cynic
January 03 2014, 10:35PM
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Josh, I miss the days when John Short and Bryan Hall had terrible call-in shows, and you'd call in, wait on hold for 35 minutes, and then tell us how the Oilers should trade Marc Habscheid for Ray Bourque b/c it looked like Bourque was injury prone and the Bruins were sour on him. And if it was Short's show you were calling, how John would pretend you weren't a mental defective and calmly explain how that trade would never happen even if there were a million parallel universes. See, here's the deal: nobody's busting down the door to take the detritus of a perennial doormat. Well, except the Flames, maybe. That's why there are winning franchises and there are losing franchises. Shea Weber will be the No. 1 Dman on Team Canada at the Olympics. Gagner, Hemsky and Klefbom will be watching the Olympics on TV. Well, maybe Hemsky actually suits up, but that's b/c Czechoslovakia has 3 indoor rinks and hasn't developed a decent hockey player since Vaclav Havel was president.

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#58 Drowning in Oil
January 03 2014, 10:49PM
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Hey, guys! Anyone know when the Oiler game starts?

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#59 RexHolez
January 03 2014, 10:54PM
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If I was Hunt I'd ask for a trade as soon as the game is over!

if I was Hunt i'd sell myself to the oilers as the next Justin Schultz!

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#60 Smytty
January 04 2014, 01:26AM
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holy horse manure!! the protical child returns!! and we all thought you got a girl friend!! lol

Is DSF right or left-handed?

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#61 NHLgirl
January 08 2014, 01:29PM
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Hunt should wipe the smile off of his face. He's losing by 2. Nothing to smile at!!

haha wow are you for real!? His first NHL game! He has every right to be smiling.. who gives a sh*t what the score is. To him- that's like you winning the lottery. GFY

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