Who is Matt Hunwick?

 

We don’t have a post celebrating Kunitz or Flower or Daley or Bonino.. Yet.. We have all summer to do that. Until then, let’s look at Hunwick a bit.

Aside from having a really cool hockey name, I wasn’t quite sure how to feel about him. I did some minor digging and would like to present everyone with some information on him from the past two years. I can’t write well so this is going to be a conglomeration of quotes, articles, videos and screenshots.

The TLDR?

Get hyped. Maybe.

Matt Hunwick: The Rangers Hero

November 8th, 2014

This article from TheHockeyWriters is informative but maybe a bit exaggerated. Back in 2014, Boyle, Moore and McDonagh were out/injured and Hunwick stepped up to the plate with some incredible stats in 12 games (five points and excelled in the powerplay)

Now, 12 games into the season, Hunwick has played in 10 of those games. He’s currently averaging 18:09 of ice-time per game, he leads all Ranger defenseman in points with five (0-5-5), two of which have come on the power play, and is an even in the plus/minus category. Pretty impressive for a guy who was recently given up on by the Colorado Avalanche, played the majority of last season in the AHL, and barely made the Rangers this season.

The article goes on to tickle some of our commenters fancy by elaborating into advanced stats land.

Matt Hunwick’s Corsi-for percentage is the best among active Rangers defenseman at 53.1 percent. Additionally, when other defenseman play with him, their numbers go up.

Not too bad for a $600,000 player who barely made the team.

 

The Hockey Writers jump in again about six months later

 


Matt Hunwick Should Get a New Contract

April 20th, 2015

Through two playoff games Matt Hunwick has played 23:33, has an even plus minus, and one shot on goal. Hunwick showed off his versatility in game two. He had some power-play time (1:36)

Adding in a clip of Hunwick saving Lundqvist’s ass for good measure

Reddit’s general consensus didn’t disagree with THW’s assessment.


 

 

Then, in 2015 Hunwick was signed to the Leafs for two years at 1.25M

Fans seemed to be pretty excited about his shot suppression.

 

 

Hunwick has some interesting nicknames…

“Not given by the fans”? Who gave it?

 

One thing I didn’t go into

Was that before the Rangers and the Leafs, Hunwick played fairly poorly in Boston and Colorado.

When announced that Hunwick would be an Alternate Captain, Reddit was butthurt.


 

Now, only 21 games into the season (I feel this is a bit too early to judge, perhaps) here’s a post looking into Hunwick’s WOWY Leaf’s stats.

The effects of Matt Hunwick on the Maple Leafs’ blueline

November 23, 2015

Unfortunately, he has had an overall negative effect on the players around him so far. Here are his With You/Without You (WOWY) stats for this season with his two most common D-partners, Morgan Rielly and Dion Phaneuf:

 

Concerning, right? But then seven days later the New York times writes:

Matt Hunwick Makes Most of Opportunity With Maple Leafs

Here comes some bad stuff.

Leafs fans hate Hunwick.

WHAT DOES TORONTO LOOK LIKE WITHOUT MATT HUNWICK?

March 8, 2016

He plays a lot, but mostly because he’s willing to and physically can, not because he’s exceptionally talented. Today, it was announced Hunwick was shut down for the rest of the season with a sports hernia injury. Frankly, Toronto might be better off without him.

But Hunwick might be the worst regular player on the team, and with the Leafs currently being at the bottom of the NHL standings, he’s probably in consideration for the bottom few percentage points of NHL talent in the league.

There were even commenters on Reddit suggesting the Leafs were intentionally playing Hunwick more often so that they would tank.

As the year went on the Leafs fans became more and more upset about Hunwick, seemingly dismantling their team’s chances of a playoff run.

 

One month later…

 

 

 

So that leaves us at Hunwick to the Penguins for $2.25M AAV

We saw above that when the Rangers lost Hunwick they were depressed, they loved Hunwick. So, what do the Leaves fans have to say about Hunwick’s departure?

 

On the other side of the coin, Penguins fans are hopeful

 

My take from all of this is that he’s an upgrade over Hainsey as long as we don’t put him in our top pair.

The Leafs suck. If you play on the Leafs you will suck.

The Oilers were celebrating when they lost Schultz, remember.

I’m thinking Hunwick will impress us.

  • MoonStanley

    Hi, Matt!

  • lauriruu

    What is minor digging?

  • Andy PepPep

    Yes, but can he fight?

    – 2017 GMJR

  • j-b0t

    I am tentatively readying myself for the possibility of getting hyped. Perhaps.

  • lauriruu

    Are the Duchene rumours still circling? I don’t wanna go to WWWW.Avs.Hockey

  • Jovi

    Love it, Geno is all in. The kid is already like, ‘When does the season start’. No resting on his laurels.

    https://twitter.com/malkin71_/status/881512176527310848

  • Ungaba

    I’m super duper right down the middle on the guy. I want to not love him or hate him. I just want him to play his minutes and not do anything stupid. If he can do that then it was a successful signing.

    • Andy PepPep

      Plenty of talent on D to make up for it. Just let 58/4 shine and be there to clean up any messes.

    • Ungaba

      If his nickname isn’t ‘Keggers’, then I don’t want to be a hockey fan any more.

      • his nickname is “Who?”

        • HawtDoge

          Saw him play a bunch for the Otters, only real memory of that is intense conversations about McDonalds selling kegs…

          • Huh, you know what I must have seen him on the otters but I don’t remember him at all

  • Ungaba
    • lauriruu
      • Fucking Jovi and her broken tweets

        • Ungaba

          Hey… I hit enter too quick. Was all supposed to be one neat post. I’m just trying to keep things clean around here.

          • MoonStanley

            Lol, he got me below, too!

          • Ungaba

            Blawgczars apparently just sit in wait for us ‘goobs’ to make stupid posts.

          • ItsAJagBaby

            My God you can change words like doan, and erreybody. BUT DON’T FORGET A FRIGGIN APOSTROPHE

          • SouthSideGeno

            DOAN….Shahe Doan reference…never forget, HE STILL SUCKS

            ERREYBODY…Bourbon Bobby Errey…A classic for the ages

            Forget punctuation on an internet hawkey blawg…yer fed to the wolves…it’s part of the blood pact we made with Shytan when we created the blawg.

          • Jovi

            SUUUUUURE, blame your computer.

    • Door_Matt

      Wait… Is that Teemu?

      • lauriruu

        Correct 🙂

        • Door_Matt

          Probably my favorite non-Penguin of all time.

    • Penguin in Houston

      Finnish gonna translate?

      • lauriruu

        STAR WARS – FINAL WITHOUT PLAYOFFS

        The war has began. Are you ready to save the Princess? You are facing an enemy, who won’t be defeated solely by attempt. Manouvers of a champion and a good eye for the game are required.

        Wild new Nintendo game Star Wars is in stores now. Act fast, because the amount of the games available is limited. Only you can save princess Leia from the grasp of evil.

  • Andy PepPep

    Never clinched this hard in my life. I hold firm that the Pens did not deserve to win this series, but it was so much fun to watch.
    https://youtu.be/pHG42PhnSwE

  • HawtDoge

    Don’t know how I stumbled upon this, but it is so dumb…
    https://www.fanragsports.com/nhl/penguins/suggested-role-niemi-puts-penguins-position-fail/

    Isn’t it clear to erreyone yet that having a rested netminder heading into the playoffs is never a bad thing? I really hope Niemi can play 30-40 games so Murray has tons left in the tank to pour out towards #threepeat

  • PensPointsYourMom

    My thoughts on Hunny Boo Boo:
    1. He’ll be a great depth guy, speed with and away from the puck with good hands.
    2. I don’t trust TOR’s take on anything, after all they hated Phil! Babcock wanted to keep him though.
    3. I don’t think he’s going to score a pile of goals, but he’ll get in the play and make shit complicated for other teams.
    4. Watch him embarass Babystuff at 1:00 (the music sucks)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrDFFtiyjGA

    • PensPointsYourMom

      So the Rangers had him out for about 16 minutes a night (i.e. 3rd pairing) and he excelled.
      The Leaves got him and put him out for 22+ minutes a night (top pair or top 4) and he wasn’t as good.
      Gonch will Schultzify him. He’s better than Hainsey, younger and cheaper too. Better Defensive player than Daley (younger, cheaper) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/04b45cfb78ca06135162bc042888c7be1db0f9c4becc92ccc710227a8dfeb7ee.png

    • Penguin in Houston

      That makes me miss hawkey!

    • Door_Matt

      Bottom pair: Cole – Hunwick or Butters – Hunwick?

      • PensPointsYourMom

        My guess:
        8-58
        28-4
        22-3

  • Penguin in Houston

    Honey Boo Boo lol

  • Penguin in Houston

    I accidentally hit something and went to a post prior to Round 2. LMFAO https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7f7cccb724b90ff3ba18fc7c8aeeb1ab2a3eebbfd7ee8a35199471fa4dd8d719.png

  • Penguin in Houston
  • JakeHK

    didnt we learn this year that all those advanced stats dont mean shit

    • PensPointsYourMom

      I think we learned that shots does not necessarily = wins. But lets not try to definitively prove that.

    • JakeHK

      only stat that matters: crosby+malkin-bylsma+johnson-johnson+sullivan+hotdogs=cups

      • PensPointsYourMom

        like, not to be a equation hard-on, but Johnston is not necessary to that math.

        • Door_Matt

          Mike Johnston is a zero-sum.

    • lauriruu

      Nonono… Shhhhhh…

  • Door_Matt

    Holy FRK! This signing is either a knee-jerk from the depth problems from the 5D situation last season or GMJR is set on moving Butters.

    • PensPointsYourMom

      Lost Daley, needed another D. Nothing to see here.

  • SouthSideGeno

    After this one time….I FLAT FRKEN REFUSE (for all eternity) to EVER use the phrase
    “Hunny Boo-Boo”

  • PensPointsYourMom

    If the pens trade Maatta, does that mean a Pooh-Weasel 3rd pair?

    • SouthSideGeno
      • Randy

        Lmao

    • Midnight Rider

      GMJR talking up Poo is weird. He played 46 games in WBS last season (AHL reg season is 76 games), and 11 NHL games (mostly in December and March). I guess dude must have gained a lot of experience crushin nachos in the press box.

      • PensPointsYourMom

        I hope he’s just puffing for the trade…but I was dead wrong about the goon direction so I’m probably not the best interpreter of GMJR’s intent.

      • Door_Matt

        He was Johnston’s buddy, maybe he needed an attitude adjustment and some reorientation from Sully. We’ll see what happens between now and February.

        • Midnight Rider

          The “Johnston’s buddy” story doesn’t really check out. Sure, Johnston coached him in juniors. In 14-15 (Johnston’s only full season), Pouliot played 34 games. In 15-16, Pouliot played 22 games (15 in February-early March, which I am sure coincides with injuries), and all 22 games were after Sullivan took over. Plus 2 playoff games in 15-16. Then in 16-17, Pouliot played 11 games.

          In total, Pouliot has played in 79 NHL games. 34 under Johnston in 1.5 seasons (except Johnston didn’t play him at all in 15-16 before he was fired), and 35 under Sullivan in 1.5 seasons (including the only 2 playoff games Poo has ever played).

  • Randy

    Another of your toon portraits Brendannn?

    • Yessir, I’ll be trying to do a few a week, wherever I can squeeze them in for funsies

      • Randy

        it’s a nice touch!

  • PensPointsYourMom

    1. “Rebuild” after winning the president’s trophy, sure that…”makes sense bud” /s
    2. Whatever drug that guy is on, I want some.
    3. What is it losers talk about?
    4. fap fap fap fap fap fap

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/096d2b6571f4d94b2b7219cd1a4a5623c81fbdcdb87ee77f5cb59e9b523eb324.png

    • Midnight Rider

      Chugging dat red kool aid

  • Jovi

    what’s the name of the place for hand-jobs?

    • PensPointsYourMom

      Wexford

      • Jovi

        thanks!

        • Midnight Rider

          Is there something “we” should know?

          • Jovi

            No, just finishing off my resume.

          • lauriruu

            Tour guide in Wexford?

          • Door_Matt

            Resume fraud is a crime. You’ll need to be truthful about your time giving handies in Homestead.

          • PensPointsYourMom

            …”finishing off”

  • PensPointsYourMom

    Here are number of players on each Metro teams roster signed for 5 mil or more, and Chicago for shits and giggles.
    Pens 5
    Caps 8
    NYR 4
    CAR 2
    CBJ 5
    NJD 4
    NYI 5
    PHI 4

    CHI 7

    • Jovi

      is Carolina just hording money or what?

      • PensPointsYourMom

        they’re like Arizona, they don’t make any money so they don’t spend any. Oh Hai non-traditional hockey market.

    • Midnight Rider

      Can anyone name the 8 Caps without looking? My guess: Ovi, Backstrom, Kuznutz, Oshie, Nisky, Carlson, Orpik (lol), Holtby

      • Midnight Rider

        That wasn’t too difficult, the Caps have a bunch of good players until May rolls around. I think I’d have a tougher time with some of the other teams, like CBJ or NYD (Schneider, Hall, ??, ??)

        • PensPointsYourMom

          Here’s one….I can find only one other team that has at least 7 players signed to more than 5 ….guesses?

          Buffalo

          • Midnight Rider

            Gotta be someone out West. I’d guess ANA or SJS (didn’t look at the spoiler yet).

          • Midnight Rider

            Looked at spoiler. Mind blown.

          • PensPointsYourMom

            right?! ANA and SJS both with 4 btw

          • PensPointsYourMom

            4 is the most common, 5 is prevalent too. The reason I did it was to make fun of the caps. You just can’t tie up 40+ mil (actually 52 in the caps case – 70% of the cap) in 8 players, when you need another 14 players to fill out the roster. Guarantees a lack of depth.

      • PensPointsYourMom

        all right but one D who recently got a big contract.

      • Jovi

        brooks, ovie, oshie, backtrom, holtby, nisky (?)
        yeah that’s all i got.

      • Broken Coach Vlad

        Doesn’t. Matter. as. they. have. absolutely. zero. cups.

  • ItsAJagBaby

    Caps in 6

    EDIT: I ment 6th in the Metro

    • SouthSideGeno

      Golden Showers in 9

    • Randy

      No way. Caps in 7… th.

  • Randy

    I hope Ung likes my new profile pic.

    • Penguin in Houston

      Sure he’ll love it like yer mum!

      • Randy

        my mom also likes my new profile pic.

        • PensPointsYourMom

          Go home Randy, you’re drunk.

          • Randy

            my response makes perfectly good sense.

          • PensPointsYourMom

            I snowed our plug tendy no less than 9 times and I was his own D man.

          • Randy

            I snowed yer mum!

          • Jovi

            what? are you drunk too?

          • PensPointsYourMom

            no, Im not drunk.

          • Jovi

            high or crazy, pick one.

          • Penguin in Houston

            Why not both?

          • Penguin in Houston

            Ditto here!

    • PensPointsYourMom

      Pensblog Charlie?

    • SouthSideGeno

      My good fellow that’s….REVOLUTIONARY!

    • Midnight Rider

      Big Brother Ung has now inspired 2 avatars

      • Randy

        I hope Ung and I will now be more bros now that I’m cooler to him than I was before.

        • lauriruu

          Your avatar must be bringing Ung some flashbacks from his Che Guevara t-shirt filled youth.

          • Randy

            haha. I was just making fun of my daughter the other day for wearing a Coachella t-shirt. IIRC, she’s never been to Coachella.

  • PensPointsYourMom

    #drunkblawg

    • Penguin in Houston

      Oui oui!

      • Jovi

        Olli

  • Broken Coach Vlad

    It’s a solid pick up. He was on a shitty team that thinks they are good.. Gonch will get with him and turn him around.. I have faith in this staff and GM until they prove me wrong.. 2 cups.. I lost faith and had a breakdown.. I was wrong… maybe its time I remove the “coach” from my name…

  • Broken Coach Vlad
  • lauriruu

    On 4th of July 2016, Phil Kessel ate 24 hot dogs. Today is all about celebrating that historic event.

    https://twitter.com/Benstonium/status/882044458963001344

    • Broken Coach Vlad

      this makes me want to turn on the grill and make some Kessel’s.. but I am too drunk to play with fire that is attached to my house…

      • lauriruu

        Hahaa! Probably the smartest thing, Coach.
        Fire that is attached to my house LOL

  • Broken Coach Vlad

    Watching highlights of this year.. one thing comes to mind.. over the years.. Crosby and Malkin have made the Capitals their personal bitch..

  • Jovi