Chris Kunitz was signed as an undrafted free agent by Anaheim on April 1, 2003. He started the 2005-06 NHL season on Anaheim's roster, but was claimed by the Atlanta Thrashers off of waivers, playing two games for them. Two weeks later he was re-claimed off of waivers back to the Ducks, and played 67 games with them, scoring 19 goals and adding 22 assists for 41 points, setting a club rookie point scoring record.
In the 2006-07 NHL Season, Kunitz advanced to the playoffs with the Anaheim Ducks and helped defeat the Minnesota Wild, the Vancouver Canucks, the Detroit Red Wings, and the Ottawa Senators to win his first Stanley Cup Championship. Kunitz was injured during the series against the Red Wings, but returned late in the Stanley Cup Final against Ottawa to help clinch the championship in game 5.
2006-2007 was easily his best season statistically, as he scored 60 points in 81 games, including 25 goals and 35 assists. Kunitz is a player that makes the most of his opportunties, turning a mid-season call-up from the AHL into full-time playing opportunties. He is good playmaker and a good scoring forward, playing well with his size and making the most of his chances. Kunitz can be prone to injury streaks, but for the most part he is a reliable forward and a key component to the Ducks' Cup win.