As a Guelph native, you'd think he'd have some reservations. But the power forward says that while he has attended Storm games, he didn't really grow up as a die hard fan of the defending OHL champs.
The Kitchener Rangers second round pick (31st overall) made it official yesterday by signing on with the club.
As GM Murray Hiebert points out, his addition addresses some of the team's biggest needs - scoring and toughness.
The team's strategy on draft day was to fill those voids and he feels they got the goals in first rounder Adam Mascherin and some grit in Bunnaman, who, by the way, can also contribute offensively.
Bunnaman and his family did the tour of the Aud yesterday after the signing and he's focused on making an impression at camp in August.
I Tweeted about it yesterday but to reiterate, it appears that overage candidate Matia Marcantuoni is not expected to return to the Rangers.
The former first round pick is on an entry level deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins and spent time with their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre Scranton during the post-season and appears to be apart of the Pens' system now.
Marcantuoni is coming off his best season as a Ranger in which he posted 32 points in 54 games. He never seemed to be able to shake the injury bug during his time in Kitchener but was always one of the fastest guys on the ice when he played.
The Rangers would welcome him back, but right now, it looks like Max Iafrate and Curtis Meighan are the only OAs slated to return.
So start looking around the OHL at teams that have some overagers to unload. With a young back end, a veteran blueliner would make sense. If the goaltending doesn't settle down, a savvy netminder may also work or a tough, rugged forward, though it is a bit more crowded up front.
Kitchener hosts the Owen Sound Attack in its home opener Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the teams kicks off the season Sept. 24 in Owen Sound.
The full schedule will be released tomorrow.