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!
A first-round pick of the 2011 draft, Puempel got his first taste of NHL action this year. He was the second player (after Shane Prince) called up as part of Ottawa's audition of their best AHL forwards. His call-up happened to correspond with the start of the Sens' California road trip. As part of the philosophy of not changing a winning lineup, Puempel stayed up for 13 games, even though Prince only got two. He recorded three points, including two goals, in those 13 games. He likely would've stayed up longer, but a high-ankle sprain put him out for the rest of the season. In his audition, he showed that he has a great shot, but needs to play with linemates who can carry possession. It's also hard to gauge his audition because he averaged only 8:01 per game. Next year he will definitely be given a shot in training camp, but could very well find himself in the AHL again to start the year.
Highest grade: B
Lowest grade: C
Average grade: B-
What grade would you give Matt Puempel?