The Boston Bruins defense has had its fair share of injuries this season, and Adam McQuaid, who started the season as a healthy scratch and the seventh defenseman, has done a great job stepping in whenever needed. McQuaid isn’t expected to be a puck-moving blueliner or bring offense to the defense corps, but as of late, the player known for his rugged style has been generating some offense, as well.
McQuaid had two helpers in the 7-0 win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday and now has seven this season to go with a plus-14 rating.
With Andrew Ference expected to return either against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, at the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday or at the Los Angles Kings on Monday, Bruins coach Claude Julien will now have a tough time pulling McQuaid or fellow rookie Steven Kampfer out of the lineup.
“Well, it’s not an easy decision, but it’s a good situation to be in,” Julien said. “You’ve created some competition now, and everybody wants to be in the lineup and the only guy that’s going to have tough decisions to make [with] the way guys are playing right now is me.”
For now, the humble and hard-working McQuaid isn’t worrying about possibly returning to the press box as a healthy scratch.
“Yeah ... everyone is capable here,” McQuaid said. “I’m not worrying about too much. When the time comes, we’ll see what happens. But it’s always kind of in my mindset: just when I get the opportunities I want to try and make the most of it, just try and make their decision as tough as possible.”
McQuaid is more worried about doing what he’s been doing, and that’s playing his game.
“Just kinda trying to keep things, as always, kind of simple,” McQuaid said. “But at the same time, keep the puck in the hands of the right guys.”