Subban has the makings of a great NHL defenseman

5/12/14 in NHL   |   patrickhoffman3530   |   122 respect

May 3, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) passes the puck during the first period against the Boston Bruins in game two of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY SportsIt is not very often these days that an NHL defenseman has every tool that every hockey player dreams of.

This dream player is one that has a hard shot, can play a physical brand of hockey, can create offense, has soft hands, and can produce on a consistent basis. While these are all skills that a forward should have, they are skills that not all NHL defensemen have.

One NHL defenseman that has all of the above mentioned talents and more is Montreal Canadiens' blueliner P.K. Subban. At 24 years of age, Subban has already shown his team, coaches, and fans that he has the makings of being one of the best defeseman to ever lace up the skates.

While it took Subban a bit to gain his bearings in his own zone on the NHL, he has shown that he now understands that his first job is to play defense. Subban did that quite well this year and team head coach Michel Therrien rewarded him with lots of ice time this season.

This year, Subban did a much better job of controlling the puck in his own zone, making smarter passes out of the zone, clearing out the front of the net without taking penalties and making sure he was in position to cover the right guys in his own end. It was a struggle at first, but Subban has showed that he cares about his play in his own end and that it is something he is still working on a nightly basis.

Subban also was a lot more physical with his play this season. In playing in all 82 regular season games this year, Subban finished with 135 hits and often times, was able to amp up the rest of his team with a big body check.

Speaking of sacrificing his body, Subban became more adept at doing that this season as well when it comes to blocking shots. Subban blocked 125 shots this season and showed that it is something he can do with regularity without getting hurt.

While his improved defensive play is a great thing for the Canadiens, it is his offense that continues to shine bright for this hockey club. After winning the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman with 38 points (11 goals and 27 assists) in 42 games, Subban once again had a great offensive season from the blue line this year.

Subban finished the regular season with 53 points (10 goals and 43 assists) and was an absolute force on his team's power play this year. With the man advantage, Subban finished the year with four goals and 19 assists for 23 points, helping to give the Canadiens a go-to-guy they can turn to consistently while on the power play. 

May 8, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) before game four against the Boston Bruins of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY SportsThis all leads us to the playoffs, where Subban's star has shone the brightest. Not only does Subban lead the Canadiens in points during the postseason (four goals and 8 assists for 12 points), but his numbers in the playoffs this year put him in the top 10 in the league in several offensive categories.

Time and time again in the postseason this year, Subban has come up big for his hockey club. He has scored tying goals, game-winning goals (one), power play goals (three) and has produced for his club in all situations on the ice.

In addition to contributing offensively for his hockey club in this year's playoffs, he has also played well on the other end of the puck. He has broken up a lot of plays, has not turned over the puck as much as he used to, and has been much better in reading opponent's offensive situations in his own end.

With his team facing elimination in tonight's Game 6 at the Bell Centre against the Boston Bruins, there is no doubt that Subban will be looking to be the guy the Canadiens to turn to in order win their most important game of the season to date.
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