Is his stock on the rise? Is his stock falling?
On one side you've got Canadiens coach Michel Therrien talking up Subban, saying he's never been better defensively and it hasn't taken away from his obvious offensive skill. On the other hand you've got media reports coming out of Canada suggesting the executives picking the Olympic team are not enamored with Subban, and may decide to leave the country's best offensive defenseman and the reigning Norris Trophy winner off the roster.
To his credit Subban is trying to block out the noise. Prior to a game at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., last week, Subban said he doesn't have to prove himself or what he can do to anybody, that his focus is on doing his job and letting other people do the talking.
"It's not my job to give my opinion on anything," Subban said. "It's my job to just go out and do my job. That's all I'm going to do, just keep playing and let my play do the talking."
While Subban may be an impossible study among Olympic hopefuls right now, there are others who are making clear cases for and against their candidacy. Here are five players whose Olympic stock is up, and another five whose stock is falling:
Pacioretty has been one of the hottest American players recently, with nine goals in the past 10 games. He has played a major role in Montreal's hot streak, helping the Canadiens win five in a row and go 9-0-1 in their past 10. He missed eight games with a hamstring injury earlier in the season but it's hard to see how he hasn't already locked up his spot on the U.S. roster, which will be revealed Jan. 1 after the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Bishop has overcome his only hiccup of the season and returned to being one of the best goalies in the NHL this season. He gave up nine goals in a little more than eight periods of work during Tampa Bay's western trip midway through November, but he has allowed more than one goal just once in his previous five starts and no more than two since giving up five in a loss against the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 19. Entering the week he is in the League's top-10 in goals-against average (1.98) and save percentage (.934).
BIRTHPLACE: Brampton, ON
Giroux is the perfect example of how judging a player too soon can be dangerous. He was way off the radar earlier in the season when he couldn't score and the Flyers couldn't win. In the past month the Flyers captain has turned around his season and helped his team turn around its season. Giroux has five goals and eight assists in the past 14 games as the Flyers have gone 9-4-1 in those games.
BIRTHPLACE: Whitby, ON
Howard has watched three of the past four games as the backup to Jonas Gustavsson. He'll presumably be in the lineup Tuesday when the Red Wings play at the Florida Panthers, but Howard hasn't exactly made a strong case for a lot of playing time lately. He gave up five goals in his last game, a 6-3 loss to the Flyers, and in his past nine games he is 1-4-4 with a 2.92 GAA and .903 save percentage.
BIRTHPLACE: Calgary, AB
Edler was the target of coach John Tortorella's ire for his inconsistent play. Now he's watching games because of an undisclosed injury. When healthy he's still one of Sweden's best six defenseman, but his injury and inconsistent play coupled with the fact that he has to serve a two-game International Ice Hockey Federation-imposed suspension for his kneeing incident against Eric Staal in the 2013 World Championship make his roster spot vulnerable right now.
BIRTHPLACE: Tampere, Finland
Crawford was struggling before he sustained a lower-body injury in the first period of the Blackhawks' game Sunday against the Panthers. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he doesn't think Crawford sustained a serious injury, but the team will know more Monday when he is re-evaluated. Either way, Crawford was coming off back-to-back losses in which he allowed four goals in each game, and he's allowed three or more goals in seven of his past 11 complete games. However, he gave up only one goal in each of the other four starts.