In Final ‘Weekly Trending’ Craig Anderson Finishes Hot


Sadly the 2014-15 season is over for the Ottawa Senators. However, that doesn’t mean certain players didn’t finish the season on a hot or cold streak. Here is this seasons final Weekly Trending: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not, presented by the Senshot writers. Depressing I know, but at least a whole lot of players finished the year better than ever.

Trevor Shackles:

Who’s Hot: Craig Anderson

This guy kept the team in the series after coming in for Andrew Hammond in Game 3. In his four games, he only allowed 4 goals, yet his record was only 2-2. His two losses 2-1 and 2-0, so he can hardly be blamed for those. He is Ottawa’s number one guy once again, and he has to be headed into next season with a lot of confidence. I still think he will be Ottawa’s starter in the fall, but that’s not a guarantee. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.

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Who’s Not: Robin Lehner

In today’s last press conference of the season, Bryan Murray said many interesting things. Amongst that was him saying that they will offer Andrew Hammond a contract, and if he accepts they will trade either Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner. Considering how well Anderson has played for the past 4 years, it would be a tad surprising to see him go.

Lehner seems to be the odd one out here, and I feel bad for him because he is still struggling to run on a treadmill thanks to his concussion, according to Murray. He wasn’t playing all this time, but he certainly finished the year not hot.

Jack Leiper:

Who’s Hot – Carey Price

After absolutely stealing game 6, the Habs truly have the best goaltender in the league. I’m not sure how far the Habs can go, but with a hot goalie we’ve seen far worse teams go much farther. Watch out for Price, as someone who is not a huge fan of the Canadiens, they may end up scaring us.

Who’s Not – Bobby Ryan

Well, he scored two goals in game 5, but did find himself on the 4th line by the end of game 6. Bobby had an incredible slump towards the end of the season, and pending any injury has no excuse. Hopefully Ryan has a nice summer to recover, but puts in the hard work like Mark Stone did last summer in hopes of upping his game and living up to his 7 million dollar contract.

Apr 26, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) makes a save against Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (6) during the third period in the game six of the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Maps: 

Craig Anderson Finished Hot

Although he eventually couldn’t win the Senators game 6, Anderson did everything the Senators could ask of him. After replacing Andrew Hammond for game 3, Anderson was spectacular, giving up 4 goals on 142 shots. Sure Andrew Hammond’s incredible run was something all Senators fans will remember, but something we should never forget is that Craig Anderson is one of the best goalies in the NHL and should and will be this teams #1 goalie for the foreseeable future.

Mike Hoffman Did NOT Finish Hot

Loved what this kid brought to the team during the regular season. Scoring 27 goals in the NHL is not easy, just ask Jason Spezza. But after watching him last night and throughout this series, he is merely a goal scorer.

After watching [Hoffman] last night and throughout this series, he is merely a goal scorer

I could watch him numerous times give up the opportunity to throw a hit in the corner, or plenty of times he would try to stick handle at the blueline.

This kid should take a lesson from JG Pageau during the off season. Playoff hockey is won in the corners and on the boards, and that is just somewhere Hoffman has yet to learn where to go.

Zachary Prenner:

Finished Hot: Erik Karlsson

Looked like a beast through the last three games of the series, and very much looked worthy of the C on his chest. Scored some points and threw some hits in this series. Was more noticeable than P.K. for all the right reasons and showed class and determination throughout the six games.

Finished Not: Bobby Ryan

He’s been mostly MIA for the last long while. It was disappointing to see him only get goals in game 5 and otherwise look like nothing more than a 4th line checker (which incidentally is where he ended up at the end of game 6).

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