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SCOC Midseason Report Cards: Adam McQuaid

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As per usual, the long-time Bruins defenseman has disapp-wait what.

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Evaluation:

Adam McQuaid, what can you really say about him at this point?

Once again a year where a player whose been maligned and simultaneously praised at individual points this season comes to be evaluated.

So what do we know about Adam McQuaid this year like all years?

Well:

  • Still hasn’t completed an NHL season, principally due to Injury.
  • Signed until 2018-19.
  • Has been one of the better fighters. He earns that one.
  • As a top 6 player Adam McQuaid has historically been one of the least-good at keeping shots away from the front of the net, and tends to get blown past when it comes to potential breakaways.
  • Can throw hits, but has recently had players use him being super out of position to do so to create scoring chances.

And in terms of possession, I’m sure I need not tell you how...

...

Wait.

That can’t be right.

How did he-

How did this-

WHAT!?

I’m gonna be honest. I’m not just confused, I’m confounded.

Everything McQuaid does eye test-wise is aggravating, sure. But for him to be 3rd on the team in possession among defensemen?

I need to stress this right now. This has never happened in McQuaid’s career as a Bruin. Every other year has had Boston with players sizeably better than he is. Many players sizeably better than he is. He hasn’t been close, usually jockeying for 2nd or third worst on the team.

Could he be going through a good spot? Nothing’s really given the idea that McQuaid’s game has changed significantly over the past few years, but again...hockey.

And then again (again)...maybe Claude’s system, and his partner for a good portion of this year, Torey Krug...have been more conducive to him than we think? Maybe having a guy he knows he can pass to so that Boston can get a zone entry has done wonders for him.

Maybe.

Grade: C+ teetering on B-. Yes, I’m as shocked as you are.

McQuaid plays a real non-photogenic style of hockey, to be sure. And he still has a lot of the same issues that plague him year-in, year-out. But somehow...Some way...The team has found a way to make Adam McQuaid a positive for them. And vice versa. That’s a good sign going into the final stretch of the season.

Stats:

Games Played: 47

Goals: 1

Assists: 2

Points: 3

Shooting-%: 2.1%

Season CF% as of 1/30/17: 56.24%

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