Chris Neil assumed a leadership role with the Senators, as the veteran rugged winger was named a full-time alternate captain at the start of the season. He provided his usual brand of grit, toughness and effort, and you know what you are going to get with him
- Scored his 100th career goal on Jan 23rd against the Lightning
- Topped 200 penalty minutes for the 4th time in his career, finishing second in the NHL with 211
- Went goal-less over the final 27 games of the season when they really could have used him to chip in offensively
Chris Neil has 2 years left on his contract, with a cap hit of $1.9M. He will make $2.1 this coming season and $1.5 next year.
As said earlier, you know what you are going to get with Neil. Although he can provide a little more offense than the 8 goals he scored this past season, that is in the range of the 10-15 you would expect from him.
GRADE: B : Chris Neil knows what his role is, and he has been doing it admirably for many years. He is still willing to go out every night and face the biggest, toughest guys in the league, and do so with a smile on his face. He is still one of the most popular players among the Senators fan base.