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Instant Analysis: Preds Acquire Superstar P.K. Subban

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten / Nashville Predators



The Nashville Predators made one of the most significant transactions in franchise history on Wednesday when they acquired defenseman P.K. Subban from Montreal in exchange for Shea Weber. The swap of all-star defensemen is one that will last forever in the history of the two NHL franchises.

For now, some instant analysis:

A Stat Above:

Like his on-ice creative plays, the statistics for P.K. Subban are dazzling. Topping 50 points in each of his last three seasons, plus nearly a point-per-game in 2012-13, Subban’s unparalleled moves with the puck help - even as a blueliner - push his team on the offensive front.

The d-man’s Corsi-For percentage is also high at 52 percent in each of the last two seasons, meaning he positively helps his team possess the puck even while skating against the opposition’s best skaters. Offense and defense, mixed with the fast skating of Subban intermingle perfectly in the new NHL’s style, which requires control and offensive activation from defensemen.

With Nashville, the 27-year-old joins what will arguably rank at the top of the League in terms of a young and talented Top Four on defense. A right-shooting superstar on D, Subban should slide in alongside Roman Josi to form one of the most formidable top pairings in the world.

With more than 40 assists in each of the last three campaigns, Subban is a dynamic add for any power play, while also bringing the aforementioned strong play at 5-on-5.

Season: PK Subban
Shea Weber
2012-13 42 gp: 11g, 27a (30 pts) +12 48 gp: 9g, 19a (28 pts) -2
2013-14 82 gp: 10g-43a (53 pts) -4 79 gp: 23g-33a (56 pts) -2
2014-15 82 gp: 15g-45a (60 pts) +21 78 gp: 15g-30a (45 pts) +15
2015-16 69 gp: 6g-45a (51 pts) +4 78 gp: 20g-31a (51 pts) -7

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Stuffed Trophy Case:

A Norris Trophy winner as the NHL’s top defenseman in 2013, Subban has received award after award during his six full seasons in the League. The Toronto, Ontario, native was named a First-Team NHL All-Star in 2013 and 2015, won Gold with Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics, two golds at the World Junior Championship and was on the All-Rookie Team in 2011.

All the hardware only helps to accompany Subban’s legendary status in not just the hockey community, but the world as a whole. A star on camera, in the community and on the ice, the defenseman’s reputation goes before him - and only in the best of light.

Big Game, Bigger Heart:

As dynamic as his play is on the ice, Subban is equally as generous off of it. Just last week, Subban received the 2016 NHL Foundation Award, which is presented to "an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community."

At the top of the list, a donation of $10 million made last September to the Montreal Children’s Hospital, a gesture the hospital called “the biggest philanthropic commitment by a sports figure in Canadian history.” Subban continues his involvement with the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation with P.K.’s Helping Hand, a fund dedicated to assisting vulnerable families financially devastated by a child’s illness. His charitable pursuits are numerous, as shown on his website, pksubban.com.

In that same hospital this past December, with the help of Air Canada, Subban granted Christmas wishes for patients by turning the atrium into a winter wonderland, complete with gifts for children and their families, including an additional check for a family who had lost their house in a fire.

Subban is no stranger to spreading holiday cheer, dressing up in disguise as a security guard two years ago to surprise children with Subban jerseys and a personal hockey practice and tour of the Montreal locker room.

With over 800,000 followers on Twitter, Subban is also known to have one of the top personalities in the game today, impressing fans with his impeccable fashion sense and his uncanny ability to connect with those who desire to be as close to the game as possible.

Expect Subban’s commitment to the Nashville community to be ever-evolving as he continues to find new ways to give back.


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