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Third Review, Trent Hunter

By John Panarese

Let me start off by saying that I am a big Trent Hunter fan and as one who cannot play the game of hockey, I am very uncomfortable offering criticism of those who do play the game of hockey on a professional level. With that said, from the perspective of a fan, Trent Hunter did not provide us with the best of seasons from his ability of being an offensive weapon for us.

In 61 games, Trent tallied 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points with a +3 rating. He missed 21 games in total because of injuries, which has been an issue for him over the last few years. When he returned from his first injury, he had something like a 9 or 10 game point scoring streak, and it looked like he was going to, perhaps, approach his 25 goal area he once gave us. However, this did not prove to be the case at all in the end.

Without a doubt, Trent’s defensive zone coverage is a strong point and his ability to play on the PP and PK, as well as his size and physical presence, makes him an important player for the Isles. Even so, we need more than 11 goals from him. We need him to use his size, go to the net and be a factor every game. There were just some games where he didn’t seem to be completely present, despite his value on the PK or his defensive game. Overall, all things considered, I would, unfortunately, have to give him a D rating for this season as we need a lot more from #7 on the ice in the future.