A few months ago, a friend of mine who attended the University of Michigan in 2004-2005 decided to clean under her bed. Oh, the horror. Aside from about a billion Red Wings newspaper clippings and an article about Sean Avery (yeah, I don’t know, either…) she unearthed this gem. Then-sophomore Matt Hunwick, about to start his second season on the top defensive line at U of M, in a clipping straight out of the Michigan daily.
A nice little detail that I’m glad she included is the little Coach’s corner blurb. Matt’s +/- of 14 was the highest on his team as a freshman and the coach seems happy with him, with the exception of the fact that he only scored one goal. (To be fair, his defensive partner Andy Burns only notched one goal as well, and Hunwick out-assisted him 14-3.)
So did he live up to the Coach’s expectations?
Leading the D-men on the team his junior year with 11 goals, I’d say that’s a yes. He outscored freshman Jack Johnson (yes, THAT Jack Johnson) by one goal, and was only 1 behind center Andrew Cogliano.
His productivity dropped off slightly as he transitioned to the AHL after college, but is slowly on the upswing since transitioning to the big show – in 53 games last year he had 6 goals and 21 assists; through 27 this year he’s already notched 4 goals, despite being somewhat of a non-presence elsewhere – he’s a -2 on the season and has only logged 8 PIMs, 2 assists, and only 18 shots on goal through 27. Light a fire under it, Hunwick! Offensive production needs to come from all sides.
Stick salute to Jessi for the scan. Thanks, gurl, you know what I like.