Winnik will report immediately to the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League. He was a ninth round pick of the Coyotes in the 2004 NHL draft, selected with the 265th overall pick. "Daniel developed into one of the top power forwards in the league. We all wish him continued success with his professional hockey career," said head coach Dick Umile.
Winnik finished his junior campaign ranking second on the team in scoring with a career-high 41 points (15g, 26a) in 39 games. He was named a Second-Team Hockey East All-Star and ranked tied for fifth in the league in scoring, along with linemate Brett Hemingway. In 26 conference games, Winnik's 28 points in league play was tied for fourth best among conference players. He posted at least one point in 26 of 39 games and posted 13 multi-point efforts in the 2005-2006 season. Winnik finished the season with 11 points in his last 12 games.
In 119 career games as a Wildcat, Winnik posted 37 goals and 58 assists for 95 points in his UNH career.
The No. 13 ranked Wildcats finished the season with a 20-13-7 overall record and a 14-7-6 record in Hockey East. UNH made its fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and won 20 games for the tenth consecutive season.