Colorado Avalanche and Matt Hunwick: Water and Oil

January 18th, 2011 by James Crider Leave a reply »

There's no question Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick possesses skill. He seems to be able to dish the puck fairly well and can skate like the wind.

Nevertheless, Hunwick's first 22 games with the Avalanche have been about as brutal as it gets, hardly the kind of play Avalanche management thought they'd get when they sent prospect Colby Cohen to the Boston Bruins for him.

For an 'offensive' defenseman, Hunwick hasn't provided much of it. Despite averaging nearly two minutes of power play ice time per game (and a confounding 19:06 overall), Hunwick has managed a whopping three assists as a member of the Avalanche, and remains goal-less.

Though, to his credit, two thirds of his points (two assists) have come on the power play, so I guess in a way he has been the second unit power play specialist the Avalanche have been looking for.

I kid.

As stagnant as Hunwick's offense has been, his defense has been worse. Again, he's only played 22 games for the Avalanche, yet is a team worst—nine. He's finished at least minus-1 in 12 games as a member of the Avalanche, and has only been a plus player fou ...

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