MONTREAL – Columbus, Ohio. June 23, 2007. 10:15 a.m. “The Montreal Canadiens are proud to select, from the Belleville Bulls, P.K. Subban
Three years later, and the Canadiens’ Draft Day gurus are already seeing their second-round pick flourish. One of the most dynamic and highly-anticipated Habs prospects in years, Subban is ready for prime time.
Exploding out of the gate in his first pro season, Subban rewrote the Hamilton Bulldogs’ record books last year, tearing up the AHL before getting a taste of what his future has in store in the big leagues.
After getting two NHL games under his belt last February, the stakes were a little higher for Subban’s next trip to Montreal, a do-or-die Game 6 in the first round against the Capitals last spring. The 21-year-old didn’t disappoint, finishing the postseason second behind only Roman Hamrlik for most points by a Habs defenseman with eight.
Getting his feet wet against the Caps, Subban was limited to less than 11 minutes of ice time in his first two playoff games. Then, when Andrei Markov
went down with a knee injury in Game 1 against the Penguins, the rookie blue-liner made the jump to the top pairing, averaging 18 minutes per game, including a career-high 29:11 in Game 6.
Despite his short tenure in the NHL to date, Subban is already emerging as a strong contender for the Calder Trophy this season – an award that hasn’t been captured by a Hab in nearly four decades. If he does claim Rookie of the Year honors this year, Subban will become the first to do so in la Belle Province since Hall-of-Famer Ken Dryden in 1972. Michael Ryder came close to snapping the Calder drought in his rookie season in 2003-04, but lost out to netminder Andrew Raycroft in the final tally.
Not about to rest on his laurels, P.K. spent his summer learning from and training with mentors Michael Cammalleri and Scott Gomez
, the latter of whom has a Calder Trophy of his own on his mantle back home. Energized and ready to go, Subban can’t wait to get the ball rolling on his rookie campaign.Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis. Read also:
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