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P.K. Subban: Younger brother Jordan may be better

by Mike G. Morreale

CHICAGO -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban said he believes his younger brother Jordan may one day eclipse what he has accomplished.

That's saying a lot, considering that P.K. was awarded the James Norris Memorial Trophy on Saturday as the NHL's best defenseman. Subban, 23, finished with 38 points this season, tying the career high he set two seasons ago in 71 appearances during his rookie campaign. He also finished with a plus-12 rating.


P.K., a second-round pick (No. 43) of the Canadiens, was ranked No. 102 on NHL Central Scouting's final list of North American skaters heading into the 2007 NHL Draft.

Jordan, who plays the same position as his eldest brother, is No. 55 on Central Scouting's final list of the top 2013 Draft-eligible North Americans released in April. Middle brother Malcolm, selected in the first round (No. 24) in the 2012 NHL Draft, was regarded as Central Scouting's No. 1-rated goalie when he was chosen by the Boston Bruins last year.

"Jordan plays more of a cerebral type of game and is more of a thinker and I play off my instincts and try to do a little bit of everything," P.K. Subban said. "I think Jordan's skill level is much higher than mine. I'm on the ice with him every day during the summer doing skill stuff, and he's the one demonstrating the drill."

In his second season with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League, Jordan finished sixth among OHL defensemen with a career-high 51 points (15 goals, 36 assists) in 68 regular-season games. He had five goals and 20 points as a rookie in 2011-12.

"He kind of wants to do more than what I've achieved, so he's a special individual and a lot different than I am," Subban said. "He will be an amazing player, and I think that a lot of people might look past him, but they're going to be surprised in the near future how good he is because I really do think he has a lot more potential than both myself and Malcolm.

"Put it this way: There are seven people in our family, and if there are six slices of pizza on the table, Jordan's getting one. He's that type of kid, and he has that type character."

Subban helped the Canadiens claim the Northeast Division crown and the No. 2 seed in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season. His 26 power-play points -- including seven goals -- were the most among all defenders.

"I don't know exactly where [Jordan] is ranked in the draft or where he's supposed to go, but we've always been the ones to come from the bottom and surprise people, so if that's what he has to do, he'll do it."


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