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Michael Bunting Looks to Repeat Success in Contract Year

Michael Bunting, a 25-year-old with only 26 prior regular season games of NHL experience, agreed to a two-year contract as an unrestricted free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs, last season. Bunting's play has led him to be regarded as the next "Zach Hyman" in Toronto. The Toronto native fit right in, playing for his hometown team. Bunting played the majority of the season on the first line, alongside Leafs superstar Auston Matthews. Where the two instantly connected and have been playing together ever since. The Torontonian brought physicality along with a strong defensive and offensive game to the Leafs lineup. Bunting is a player that loves the physical side of the game while still managing to rack up points. Bunting managed to throw out 85 hits last season.   The 25-year-old was able to tally up 23 goals and 40 assists in 79 games last season. He was also second on the team in penalties with 80 minutes.   After the success last year, Bunting will be a valuabl