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!
Marc Methot recap:
Methot quickly became a celebrated addition to the Senators during the 2012-2013 season: a local boy who provided reliable defending, thunderous hip checks, and leadership when Erik Karlsson went down with injury. His strong play last season increased expectations for this year, and like so many Senators, Methot struggled out of the gate.
Fans debated whether Methot should be paired with Karlsson or one of Ottawa's sophomore blueliners to provide stability. His possession numbers weren't great in the first few months. Things culminated when Methot, returning from injury but declaring himself healthy, was left off the line-up sheet by Paul MacLean for a December game against New Jersey and a January game against Tampa. Ultimately, Methot missed five games to injury and flu and two as a healthy scratch.
While his defensive play in the first half of the season was a concern, he did improve in 2014. Still, he was second in ice-time among Ottawa defenders after Erik Karlsson, averaging almost 22 minutes per game (21:45 TOI/G). Discipline was a very real problem for the 2013-2014 Senators, but Methot (as physical a player as the Sens have) recorded only 28 PIMs while notching 181 hits. Methot contributed offensively, with six goals, 17 assists, and 23 points, tied for second among Ottawa defensemen with Patrick Wiercioch.
Highest grade: B
Lowest grade: C-