Season Review – In his first season in Ottawa after coming over in a trade from Columbus, there were a lot of questions about where Marc Methot would fit in. When it was suggested he would be a top pairing partner for Erik Karlsson, there were more than a few doubters. Well, needless to say, Methot met expectations and exceeded them. Never going to be a big scorer, Methot proved to be a great shut-down partner for Karlsson, taking care of the defensive end of the ice allowing Karlsson to do what he does best. After Karlsson’s injury, Methot continued to face the opposition’s top forwards, often with an inexperienced partner. He finished with 2 goals and 9 assists, and a +2 rating.
Playoffs – Methot scored the winner and had an assist in the opening game of round 1, and earned an assist in each of the last three games of the first round. Just like many of his teammates, Methot struggled against the Penguins, finishing pointless with a -1 rating in the 5 game elimination.
Contract Status – Methot has 2 years left on his 4 year, $12M deal, carrying a cap hit of $3M.
Importance To Franchise – He quickly became an indispensable member of the Ottawa blue line, and going forward he is a very important piece who will be relied on to lead as well as play solid defense.
Needs to Improve – The veteran has demonstrated solid all-around ability, but a little more touch at the offensive end would allow him to be a two-way threat and possible 25-30 point man.
Grade – A…Methot exceeded expectations of most if not all Senators fans and made fans forget very quickly about Filip Kuba, who he essentially replaced.