Saturday, June 9, 2007

One Nifty Bull

PK Subban
Country: Canada
Position: Defense
League: OHL
Team: Belleville Bulls
Height: 6'0''
Weight: 200
Shoots: Right
Strengths: Subban is a phenomenal puckmover, rusher, and shooting threat from the backend with undeniable hands and skating ability. He is a confident player with the puck on his stick and is able to make highly skilled plays. He can be unstoppable at times on the powerplay with a heavy wrister and slap shot. Stunningly, as well as Subban can shoot the puck, he can dish it just as well with quick thinking, surveillance, and ability to hit open teammates most point men cannot. We do see signs of a physical edge as Subban is willing to aid teammates in need and engage opponents.
Weaknesses: Although his name is PK, ironically one of his alleged areas needing improvement is his defensive acumen. DraftBuzz thinks concerns over this part of his game, while not terrifically strong, are overblown and not enough to drag down his value as a prospect. We see a marginal difference between PK Subban and player like Bobby Sanguinetti - a 21st overall draft selection in 2006 who also had plenty of offensive gifts but shortcomings defensively. He can become too risky at times leaving his own zone and navigating the neutral zone, relying on his skill rather than choosing safe plays.
2006-2007 Regular Season Stats
68 games 15 goals 41 assists 56 points +13 89 PIM
2007 Playoff Stats
15 games 5 goals 8 assists 13 points +11 26 PIM
Draft Day Status/Projection: PK Subban is not talked about much but has intriguing upside as an offensive defenseman in the NHL. He can really be a breathtaking player showcasing speed, agility, hands, and sharp shooting. He appears to be a very coachable player, and should be able to ramp up his defensive efforts within the next few years. DraftBuzz sees him as a top 40 talent, and thinks a team could gamble on him as early as late first round or as late as late third round.
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