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Dancing with the stars

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – Montreal isn’t the only place where P.K. Subban is earning recognition.

The 21-year-old defenseman was selected as a member of the NHL’s 2010-11 All-Rookie team, making Subban the tenth Canadiens’ player to receive the honour since 1982-83, and only the second Habs’ defenseman after Chris Chelios in 1984-85.

“Chris Chelios was one of the top-ranked defensemen in this league for a long time,” pointed out Subban who has recently found himself mentioned alongside the future Hall of Famer. “I want to be able to accomplish the things that he accomplished. I’m starting to realize that I have the potential to do those things, and now I just want to concentrate on getting better and continuing my progression over the next couple of years.”

In 77 games, Subban posted a record of 14 goals – nine of which were scored on the power-play – along with 24 helpers to rank him first in scoring among all Habs blueliners. In his first full campaign wearing the iconic Canadiens jersey, the Habs No.76 also earned the distinction of becoming the only rookie defenseman to have potted a hat-trick in franchise history.

The latest edition of the All-Rookie team is rounded out by Captials’ defenseman John Carlson and Blackhawks’ goaltender, Corey Crawford, with Michael Grabner (Islanders), Jeff Skinner (Hurricanes) and Logan Couture (Sharks) representing the squad’s forwards.

“Being named to the All-Rookie team is a great accomplishment,” continued Subban. “There are so many really talented young players in the league that it always means a lot to be singled out for something like this and I think it says a lot about the kind of year I had.”

Subban ranked sixth in Calder trophy voting with 155 points, with the prize ultimately being awarded to the Hurricanes’ rookie sensation, Jeff Skinner.

Among the other Canadiens’ players to garner some recognition at the awards was Carey Price who ranked seventh in voting for the Hart Trophy, fifth for the Vezina and fourth in all-star voting among the league’s netminders. Tomas Plekanec also notably continued to climb the ranks in Selke votes, ranking 13th overall among the NHL’s top defensive forwards.

Alexandre Harvery is a writer for Translated by Justin Fragapane.

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