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!
Other than his improvement in +/-, Erik Karlsson's stats did not change much from last year. He remained as awesome this season as he was last season. As the leading scorer among NHL defensemen and a Norris Trophy finalist, Karlsson maintains his place as one of the elite players in the NHL.
What we saw from Erik Karlsson this season was a shift into the role of leader. It was his first season as the Senators' captain, and he certainly proved that management made the right decision when they gave him the C. When the Sens were down 2-0 to the Montreal Canadiens in the playoffs, Karlsson came back with one of his best games to try and get his team back in it. And when Montreal had a 3-0 lead on the series, Karlsson never gave up hope. He remained optimistic in front of the media, and helped his team force a game six.
If character is marked by one's actions in the face of adversity, we now know that Karlsson has what it takes to be a leader in the NHL.
Highest grade: A+
Lowest grade: A