A four-year pro, Kaunisto played last year in the ECHL with the Colorado Eagles notching 23 points (7 goals, 16 assists) in 53 games.
Over the past three seasons, Kaunisto has played 135 out of his 188 games in the AHL, primarily with the Manchester Monarchs and has reached the playoffs every single year.
A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Kaunisto stayed close to home for college. Kaunisto played four seasons at Northern Michigan University. Following his senior season, Kaunisto signed an entry-level deal with the Los Angeles Kings.
Before heading to college, Kaunisto played three seasons of junior hockey, including the 2004-05 season, where he recorded 40 points (20 goals, 20 assists) for the Soo Indians. Kaunisto finished second on his team in scoring and was selected to the NAHL’s All-Rookie Team.