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PK Subban is easily among the top-6 defensemen in the NHL under the age of twenty-three. He plays huge minutes on a struggling team, yet has an even traditional plus/minus rating, and the second-highest point total among Montreal Canadiens defensemen. He leads all Habs in total ice-time, and ice-time per-game. He has third-most ice-time on the league's worst powerplay unit, yet also has the fifth most short-handed minutes-played per-game on the NHL's top penalty-killing unit.
Did I mention he was 22-years-old?
Too often the focus is on one mistake when it comes to Subban. Yes, one mistake can change a game. But what about 73 successful plays?
Not only does Subban have the most ice-time, he is also the most involved player on the Canadiens. He engages in 4.32 events per-minute of ice-time. If we multiply that by his ice-time this shows that Subban makes an average of 102 plays per-game that influence puck-possession. No other player on the Habs averages more than 84 events (or plays) per-game. Of those plays, Subban makes 73 plays that acquire or maintain puck-possession, and only 29 that fail to acquire or lose puck-possession.
I think Subban is a much better overall player than Carlson. He's rumored to be available via trade. I'd love to have him here in DC. Even at Carlson OR Alzner's expense.
Not gonna judge until at least 20 games are played. Unfortunately that means we may have to bite the bullet and take a step back this year due to the lockout shortened season in order to take two+ steps next year.
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It is a joke this franchise lets Ovechkin keep that C on his jersey the way he conducts himself at practice. That is the few times a week he actually does practice. Optional skate means no skate for AO GR8. When he does practice he can't get back to the locker room fast enough whike everyone else stays out for extra work. Every fan can see it, how can the coaches and management not see it? Unfortunately, stripping him of the C will cause more drama than it may be worth.
But you're right about stripping the C...unfortunately that may cause Armageddon. We just have to keep hoping that Ovechkin will get his act together.
I think his engagement will help him off the ice but on the ice, it's clear he doesn't get it. You lead by example with the little things not just saying "let's go" when we are down two goals.
Unfortunately, the "C" on Ovechkin's jersey in my mind represents a PR move. A player like Laich would actually deserve being the captain instead.
Subban and Green are the same player. If Mike Green had come up with the Montreal Canadians instead of the Washington Capitals, he would be 2x Norris Trophy winner. For those that laugh at that, Erik Karlsson won the Norris last year by putting up the same numbers Green did in 2008-09 & 2009-10. Subban plays in Montreal. EVERYTHING is bigger in Montreal.
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*I am using Green from before this season, as the year is too young to use for or against.
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What are the defensive categories that Carlson is better in? I'm really curious.
In the argument of PK Subban vs Carlson, I'd say that Subban is the better defenseman. He is set to play against Ovechkin any time the Habs meet the Caps and does a decent job at it. I hate the guy but I'd take him on the team.
As far as Ovechkin as captain, I'd argue that after he started to wear the C is when his productivity started to decline. I also don't think he's a good role model for his team mates to follow. That said, your team's star has to be its captain.
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