Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Rookie Playoff Run: The Impressive P.K. Subban
During that series Montreal lost one of their top defenders in Jaroslav Spacek. After Spacek's injury, the Habs recalled P.K. Subban from their AHL contender, Hamilton. Subban has had a cup of coffee in the NHL, but entering into the NHL playoffs against the league's top team, was sure to be a baptism by fire for any rookie. Although a very highly touted prospect, Subban would be subjected to a very watchful eye.
Subban began by playing fairly significant minutes, and was part of an incredibly stingy defensive corps that held the likes of Ovechkin, Semin, Green, Backstrom, etc... to a single goal in each game he played.
How has P.K. Subban responded during his trial? In 5 games, he is averaging more than 17 minutes per game, has contributed 1 goal and 3 assists, and has an even +/- ratio, which has only been bettered by the Habs "shutdown" pair of Gill and Gorges.
In short, not only has he performed, statistically, as well as any of the veteran defenders, he has been counted on to contribute in all zones and on special teams, including the penalty kill unit.
He may only be a rookie, but you would never know by the way he has played with so much at stake.
Well done Mr. Subban. Well done. Nous sommes tous très impressionnés, en effet!