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2018-19 Player Review: Adam McQuaid’s absence might’ve loomed larger than you would have thought

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He was acquired for defensive depth, and McQuaid could have been useful late in the playoffs.

Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

You might have glossed over the trade acquisition for Adam McQuaid when the Blue Jackets made that trade at the time. And honestly, next to getting Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel, McQuaid sure wasn’t the sexy name. But he was a guy that came in with a physical presence, could provide minutes defensively, and represented the lone Blue Jackets player with a Stanley Cup ring.

I said it at time, that the veteran presence could only help a team like Columbus.

Adam McQuaid 2018-19 Stats

Games played: 77
Goals: NYR 36 / CBJ 14
Assists: NYR 2 / CBJ 1
Points: NYR 5 / CBJ 2
Time on ice: NYR 17:28 / CBJ 11:25
Penalty Minutes: NYR 33 / CBJ 9
Corsi For (even strength): NYR 43.3% / CBJ 43.4%

2018-19 Playoff Stats

Games played: 0 - Injured
Goals: 0
Assists: 0
Points: 0
Time on ice: 0
Penalty Minutes: 0
Corsi For (even strength): 0

Adam McQuaids’ Contract Status

McQuaid is a UFA and I expect he will be playing elsewhere next season.

High Point

In a critical game against the Hurricanes, McQuaid scored his lone goal with the Blue Jackets in a 3-0 win. I think that’s probably it. Oh, McQuaid tied his season-high of three shots in that game. That’s more than Wennberg all year, right?

There was this fight against Garnet Hathaway in Calgary, which McQuaid won.

McQuaid’s ice-time partners 5v5

Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 GP TOI CF CA CF% FF FA FF% SF SA SF% GF GA GF% xGF xGA xGF% SCF SCA SCF% HDCF HDCA HDCF% HDGF HDGA HDGF% MDCF MDCA MDCF% MDGF MDGA MDGF% LDCF LDCA LDCF% LDGF LDGA LDGF% On-Ice SH% On-Ice SV% PDO Off. Zone Faceoffs Neu. Zone Faceoffs Def. Zone Faceoffs Off. Zone Faceoff %
Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 GP TOI CF CA CF% FF FA FF% SF SA SF% GF GA GF% xGF xGA xGF% SCF SCA SCF% HDCF HDCA HDCF% HDGF HDGA HDGF% MDCF MDCA MDCF% MDGF MDGA MDGF% LDCF LDCA LDCF% LDGF LDGA LDGF% On-Ice SH% On-Ice SV% PDO Off. Zone Faceoffs Neu. Zone Faceoffs Def. Zone Faceoffs Off. Zone Faceoff %
Adam McQuaid w/o Dean Kukan w/o Scott Harrington Markus Nutivaara 13 22:22 15 16 48.39 8 13 38.1 7 9 43.75 0 3 0 0.31 0.44 41.43 4 5 44.44 2 2 50.00 0 1 0.00 2 3 40.00 0 1 0.00 8 8 50.00 0 1 0.00 0.00 66.670 0.667 9 5 8 52.94
Adam McQuaid Dean Kukan w/o Scott Harrington w/o Markus Nutivaara 4 33:27 25 28 47.17 20 18 52.63 15 12 55.56 3 0 100.00 1.25 0.81 60.76 17 14 54.84 6 2 75.00 0 0 - 11 12 47.83 2 0 100.00 8 12 40.00 1 0 100.00 20.00 100.00 1.200 14 16 12 53.85
Adam McQuaid w/o Dean Kukan Scott Harrington w/o Markus Nutivaara 11 86:09 69 98 41.32 45 73 38.14 35 46 43.21 1 2 33.33 2.35 4.36 35.02 30 50 37.50 11 21 34.38 0 0 - 19 29 39.58 0 1 0.00 33 40 45.21 1 1 50.00 2.86 95.65 0.985 28 27 28 50.00

Low Point

McQuaid lost out on the rest of the regular season and playoffs after taking a hit by Andrew Shaw in their game against the Canadiens in late March.

After the injuries that also kept Markus Nutivaara and Ryan Murray out, McQuaid could have found some extra ice time in the playoffs. It’s all hindsight now, and I don’t think the series outcome changes, but it would have been worth noting the physical edge he provides against his former Bruins’ mates.

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How would you grade Adam McQuaid’s 2018-19 season?

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