Hunt, a left wing, wasn't drafted by an NHL team, but signed with the Florida Panthers on March 2, 2016 shortly before completing his final season of junior hockey by scoring 116 points (58 goals, 58 assists) for Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League to earn WHL player of the year honors.
He played 70 games for Springfield of the American Hockey League in 2016-17, finishing his first pro season with 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists). He returned to Springfield to start the 2017-18 season but was called up by the Panthers and made his NHL debut against the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 10, 2017. Hunt played 11 games before being returning to Springfield. He scored his first NHL point, an assist on Jared McCann's game-winning goal, in a 3-2 victory against the New Jersey Devils 17 days later.