We've finished our player grades for the 2014-15 season, but that was just 9 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!
In a word: incredible. When Robin Lehner went down with a concussion on February 15, many fans saw it as an opportunity to embrace tanking. After all, Hammond was a 27-year-old career minor league goaltender who had never excelled at the college or AHL level and whose numbers were less than average this season with Binghamton. He let in two goals on five shots in relief of Robin Lehner against Carolina which suggested the final two months would be a slog for the Senators. But we were in for a wonderful surprise. Hammond rebounded and won his first start, an exciting affair against Montreal, then beat Florida, before shutting out Anaheim and Los Angeles on consecutive nights in California. He went 15-0-1 to start his NHL career and surrendered two or less goals in his first 12 starts. He cooled a bit down the stretch, but he was still the driving force behind Ottawa's late season playoff push. He started the first two games of the playoffs against Montreal, losing both. He looked shaky in both starts, letting in a few bad goals in the two games. Still, he showed more than enough in the final two months of the season to earn a one-way NHL deal next season, whether that deal is with Ottawa is anyone's guess.
Highest Grade: A+
Lowest Grade: A+