We finished our player grades for the 2013 season on Friday, but that was just nine jerks talking about what they think--and it was a lot of information to talk about. So, we figured why not give our readers a chance to cast their votes? And with that in mind, we present our Your say series!
Ben Bishop Recap
The only former Ottawa Senator to get a report card, Bishop receives special recognition because he played a much more significant role than Kaspars Daugavins and the 6th-round draft pick traded to Minnesota.
Bishop was on a one-way contract, making him the default backup for Craig Anderson despite being third on the depth chart. After a horrible start against (of all teams) Tampa Bay, Bishop appeared to settle down, letting in only two goals in his next two games (but going 1-1, because goal support isn't important). After Anderson's injury, he was thrown into the spotlight. With so many injuries already, at that point Craig Anderson was the Senators. How would Bishop fare when suddenly under intense pressure? A 6-2 record highlighted by a ridiculous 44-save performance against Montreal on February 25.
Bishop's only failing was that he was the weakest of Ottawa's three goaltenders. He played well enough that Tampa Bay traded Cory Conacher and a draft pick for the Senators third-string goalie. Without Bishop's contributions this season, it's likely the Senators would not have made the playoffs. Good luck in Tampa Bay, Ben.
Highest grade: A-
Lowest grade: B
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