Predators trade Luke Kunin to Sharks for John Leonard, third-round pick

Nashville Predators center Luke Kunin (11) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. At left is Blue Jackets defenseman Dean Kukan (46). (Mark Humphrey/AP)

The Nashville Predators have traded forward Luke Kunin to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for John Leonard and a third-round pick in 2023.

Kunin, who overcame being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes while in the Grade 6 to eventually be the 15th-overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, became a regular fixture in the NHL during the 2019-20 season. That year, in 65 games played with Minnesota, he established career-highs with 15 goals and 16 assists.

Most recently, he skated in all 82 games for the Predators in 2021-22 — the first time so far he was able to after injuries slowed the start of his career — and scored 13 goals while adding nine assists.

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