On Coach’s Corner, Grapes also gave praise to Senators netminder Craig Anderson following his return from an ankle injury.
Cherry declared, “If he hadn’t missed [19 games], he would have been MVP.”
Anderson stopped 33 shots en route to a 2-0 shutout against the New Jersey Devils on Friday, his first win since coming back from the injury.
In 18 games this season, the 31-year-old is 9-6-2, and has a .949 save percentage and 1.53 goals against average – both best in the NHL.
Despite missing about half of the season thus far, Cherry thinks he’s been instrumental in the Senators’ success this year.
“He’s personally put them in the playoffs,” he said. “I think he could be MVP.”