P.K. Subban Lead Outstanding Montreal Canadiens Blue Line

April 13 [Sat], 2013, 17:58
The Montreal Canadiens are enjoying some great success so far in 2013, far beyond what anyone could have expected. Leading them there has been their blue line, which is among the best in the game at both ends of the ice.
Montreal’s blue liners have been particularly impressive at the offensive end of the ice, with P.K. Subban leading the charge in that regard. In fact, after his brief holdout to start the year, Subban has been one of the best defenseman in the entire league. Perhaps even Norris worthy?
Subban’s 32 points currently rank as the best among blue liners on the year. He has 10 goals, which is the best among defenseman, and 22 assists, which is good for third. He’s been particularly impressive on the power play, with exactly half of his points coming with the Habs on the man advantage.The Habs signed Subban to a two-year deal, with a cap hit under $3 million after their long contract dispute. If he keeps this current pace up, Marc Bergevin may hope that he would have signed him to the longer term contract that Subban had reportedly wanted.
Subban’s play isn’t limited to success in the offensive zone, though. He continues to demonstrate solid play in the defensive end as well. His plus/minus is at a plus-13 and his Corsi is second best on the team, at plus-18.
It’s pretty clear that the Canadiens made the right decision in not trading Subban over the course of last summer. With his status as a restricted free agent, there were questions as to whether or not he’d return. But he’s back in Montreal and it’s looking like a splendid decision.It would be very surprising to see Subban not among the finalists for the Norris Trophy. He’s been terrific at both ends of the ice and hasn’t missed a step, despite that brief holdout. He’s a tremendous reason as to how this Canadiens team has been so successful in 2013.
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