Boston Bruins report cards: No 54. Adam McQuaid
by Anthony Travalgia http://www.thehubofhockey.net
In order of jersey number, each player will be highlighted. In today’s edition, we have Bruins Defensemen No. 54 Adam McQuaid
Name: Adam McQuaid
Weight: 209 lbs.
Contract: $575 Thousand through 2011-12
2010-11 NHL Season stats:
Regular season: 67 GP, 3-12-5, plus-30, 96 PIM, 46 SOG
Playoffs: 23 GP, 0-4–4, plus-8, 14 PIM, 13 SOG
Line combinations (dobberhockey.com):
EV: Andrew Ference 40.44% Tomas Kaberle 59.97% in post season
PP: Dennis Seidenberg 43.04% Ference 76.92% in post season
PK: Zdeno Chara 40.92 % Ference 52.31% in post season
Anthony’s Take: Like fellow defensemen Steve Kampfer, McQuaid got the call up from Providence to fill in for some injured blue-liners. McQuaid came up and made an instant impact. With the solid physical style of play by McQuaid, it made it easy for the Bruins to trade Mark Stuart at the NHL trade deadline.
In 67 games with the Bruins, McQuaid had 15 points, and finished the year a plus-30 which was good enough to tie him for fifth in the NHL, three behind plus/minus leader Zdeno Chara. In 23 playoff games McQuaid had four points.
Playing a physical style sometimes rubs people the wrong way, and McQuaid is certainly not afraid to answer the bell. McQuaid finished the year second on the Bruins in fighting majors with 12, two behind Sean Thornton who led the Bruins.
Tim’s Turn: By the time Adam McQuaid was recalled from Providence a second time around back in December he became a regular in the Bruins’ lineup for the remainder of the 2010-11 season, and with good reason.
Known for being a stay at home defenseman, McQuaid provided stability at the blue line and found himself in the right place at the right time on most instances as evident from his plus/minus rating of plus-30 good for second on the team. McQuaid wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty either with 98 penalty minutes and 12 fighting majors.
McQuaid’s biggest moment came on Nathan Horton’s series clinching goal against the Habs in Game 7 when he pinched in and won a loose puck battle in the corner on the play that started it all for one of his four assists in the postseason.
Make no mistake, Adam McQuaid is here to stay.
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