ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled forward Luke Kunin from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) and assigned defenseman Mike Reilly to Iowa.
Kunin, 19, tallied two points (1-1=2) and four penalty minutes (PIM) in two games with Iowa this season. The 6-foot, 193-pound native of Chesterfield, Mo., totaled 38 points (22-16=38) and 30 PIM in 35 contests during his sophomore season at the University of Wisconsin (Big Ten) in 2016-17. He led the Badgers in goals, points, PPG (9) and shots on goal (112) and served as the team's first sophomore captain in 41 years.
Kunin also served as the captain of Team USA at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, helping the U.S. capture a gold medal with four points (2-2=4) in seven games. In 2015-16, as the second-youngest player in the NCAA, he ranked second on the Badgers with 32 points (19-13=32) and 17 PIM in 34 games. Kunin was the first Badger to be named to the Big-10 All-Freshman Team and ranked T-3rd in goals and T-8th in scoring amongst NCAA freshmen. He has represented Team USA at seven international tournaments - winning the championship six times and finishing second once. Kunin was selected by Minnesota in the first round (15th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and has not appeared in an NHL game. He will wear sweater No. 19 with Minnesota.
Reilly, 24, has tallied two assist in three games with Minnesota this season averaging 11:19 in TOI/game. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound defenseman registered one goal and two penalty minutes (PIM) in 17 games with Minnesota last season and added 30 points (5-25=30) and 48 PIM in 57 games with Iowa. He led Iowa defensemen in scoring, assists and shots (129), and ranked second in goals and power-play goals (2). The Chicago, Ill., native totaled 10 points (2-8=10) in 49 career NHL games with the Wild.