Little return - 4-24-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz (above), the Penguins slightly used but new toys acquired near the trade deadline, have begun to draw a little bit of ire over their lack of production these playoffs. Outside of a fantastic effort in Game 2, Guerin has been held off the scoresheet while Chris Kunitz has been limited to only two assists. Somewhat surprisingly, Craig Adams, who was acquired via waivers, has actually chipped in an assist.

After what Marian Hossa was able to do in the last season's playoffs, standards are fairly high here for midseason acquisitions. Hossa's 26 points in 20 games really set the bar high. So its understandable if folks are getting a little impatient with Guerin and Kunitz.

But comparably speaking, Guerin and Kunitz are actually on the high end in terms of production by players on playoff teams who were added to the roster one way or another in the middle of the season. Only two mid-season acquisitions, Calgary's Olli Jokinen, who was this season's Hossa in terms of being seen as a missing piece to a Stanley Cup contender, and, don't grind your teeth, Ryan... Whitney... of Anaheim, have averaged at least a point per game this postseason:

Player, Team Games
Olli Jokinen, Flames 4 2-3-5 1.25
Ryan Whitney, Ducks 4 0-4-4 1.00
Bill Guerin, Penguins 5 2-0-2 0.40
Nik Antropov, Rangers 4 1-1-2 0.50
Daniel Carcillo, Coyotes 4 1-1-2 0.50
Jussi Jokinen, Hurricanes 5 1-1-2 0.40
James Wisniewski, Ducks 4 1-1-2 0.50
Chris Kunitz, Penguins 5 0-2-2 0.40
Mats Sundin, Canucks 2 1-0-1 0.50
Craig Adams, Penguins 5 0-1-1 0.20
Erik Christensen, Ducks 4 0-1-1 0.25
Steve Montador, Bruins 4 0-1-1 0.25
Derek Morris, Rangers 4 0-1-1 0.25
Mark Recchi, Bruins 4 0-1-1 0.25
Sean Avery, Rangers 4 0-0-0 0.00
Erik Cole, Hurricanes 5 0-0-0 0.00
Jordan Leopold, Flames 4 0-0-0 0.00
Travis Moen, Sharks 4 0-0-0 0.00
Petteri Nokelainen, Ducks 3 0-0-0 0.00
Mathieu Schneider, Canadiens 2 0-0-0 0.00
Antoine Vermette, Blue Jackets 4 0-0-0 0.00

Do the struggles of Mark Recchi or Erik Cole justify the relative lack of production by Guerin or Kunitz? No. But this list probably illustrates that Ray Shero could have done far worse in terms of filling out the roster for the postseason.

(Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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