We've finished our player grades for the 2014 season, but that was just 11 people talking about what they think--and it was a lot of information to talk about. Now it's time for our readers to cast their votes. And with that in mind, we present our Your Say series!
Chris Neil recap:
Chris Neil had a terrible year. He showed a distinct lack of leadership in his first year wearing a permanent ‘A’. Neil tied for third in the NHL with 41 minor penalties. Simply put, he cost his team in too many games because of his lack of discipline. While Paul MacLean should be criticized for his frequent use of Neil on the third line and power play, Neil still struggled in those roles. Neil averaged over 30 seconds per game on the PP this season and in all that time managed just one point. Love him or hate him, Neil hurt the team more than he defending it in 2013-2014.
Neil will be 35 in two months and it’s unrealistic to expect a player of his ability and age to contribute in a third line or special teams role. It’s also unrealistic to expect him to return to the point totals achieved during the prime of his career (double digit goals, 20+ points). He’s led the team in minor penalties for the last four years, so it’s unlikely his discipline improves. Chris Neil needs to improve in a lot of areas if he’s going to be a useful player for the Sens next season and that seems like a tall order.
Highest grade: C
Lowest grade: F