It’s been a rough year for P.K. Subban.
After a dismal season with the Montreal Canadiens, Subban was traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Shea Weber. Then, he was snubbed by Team Canada as Jay Bouwmeester replaced an injured Duncan Keith for the World Cup of Hockey. Sure, Subban shoots right and Bouwmeester is a lefty, but Team Canada was going with the right-left defence system anyways.
Since his emergence with Montreal in 2009, Subban is a Norris Trophy winning defenceman who has a lot of offensive upside on the blueline. He is one of the most talented defencemen in the NHL and the talent he has should not be ignored. The 27-year old accumulated 278 points in 434 games with the Canadiens.
Subban has ample time to prepare for what’s to come in the upcoming season. What happened over the summer is nothing but motivation for himself.
He joins a fast, youthful Predator’s team that appears to be on the rise. It features Filip Forsberg, and Ryan Johaansen with an offensive-minded coach in Peter Laviolette. They have a veteran goalie in Pekka Rinne and Roman Josi who could very well be his new defence partner . They are in a very competitive Central Division and it seems like the team who could walk away with the division this season.
Having a successful 2016-17 season means that Subban must produce on a nightly basis and be a locker room presence that the Predators need.
It’s no secret that Nashville sees Subban as a missing piece to become a Stanley Cup contender. Like every team, Nashville will face speed bumps along the way this coming season. You also have to wonder how Subban and the Predators will respond if he goes through a rough patch or an adjustment period. This will be a challenge for Subban since the Canadiens did trade him because they didn’t like his compete level. Along with that, the way he responded to loses. Subban took a crap load of heat from the press, or like an injury to Carey Price, and, well, Michel Therrien.
Fair or not, Subban has a lot to prove in his first season with the Predators. He’s facing more tension than ever before. Not only is Subban excited for a fresh start, but it’s a huge year for the team as well.
The Predators have never advanced past the second round of the playoffs, but they sure look to have a roster capable of taking a run at the Stanley Cup.