Andrew Hammond's improbable start to his NHL career has taken Sens fans by storm and catapulted Ottawa back into the playoff race. He's 9-0-1 in his first 10 NHL starts and has created something of a controversy by forcing the now-healthy Craig Anderson to remain on the bench.
Today's Weekly Question asks: What does Andrew Hammond have to do to prove he's a legitimate NHL starter?
Hammonds incredible run should be enough to silence any critics. He is yet to lose a game in regulation and his 95.4 SV % is more than enough to conclude that he's here to stay at the NHL level.
Get the Senators into the Playoffs
Things have been great, but at this point it's just a streak, and goalies sometimes get white hot. If Hammond can carry the Senators into the playoffs, he'll have gone on an amazing run over the last quarter of the season - a much bigger sample size to evaluate him.
Be on an NHL roster on Opening Night 2015
It's been a nice run, but at this point Hammond is still a rookie with dreadful AHL numbers and a lack of success at lower levels. As we've seen at times this season, the Senators are willing to roll with a 1a/1b situation in goal. To prove himself, Hammond needs to start next season in the NHL.
Permanently displace a starter
The only way to really prove you're a legitimate NHL starter is to permanently displace an established one. If Hammond can take the bulk of starts away from a guy like Craig Anderson or other proven NHL starter, he'll have really arrived.