Subban faces first speed bump in rookie season

After being an early favourite to win the Calder Trophy, Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban was made a healthy scratch last Thursday against the New Jersey Devils. This 21 year-old who was an instant fan favourite has scored 1 goal and 9 points in 25 games this season but has registered only a single assist in his past seven games. “When you do an evaluation, his best performance was in the first 10 games of the season,” Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said. Subban, who last spring made his NHL debut in the playoffs is slowly building a reputation around the league for being overly cocky and overconfident for a rookie. After sitting in the press box for what was a 5-1 win, Subban who was drafted second round in 2007 understood the situation. “You want to play well every game, but the reality of it is that you won’t,” Subban said. Now I know the consequences. If you want to play and stay in the lineup, you have to make sure you’re doing your job out there.” Part of the learning experience Subban is going through is learning that in big hockey markets such as Montreal, there will be a lot of attention given to every story such as a prominent player being scratched. “I wouldn’t be the first rookie to be a healthy scratch in his first year,” Subban said. The coaching staff comes together and they put together the lineup everyday. If I can’t help the team win then I don’t deserve to be in the lineup.” No word was given on whether Subban will be playing at home on Saturday night against the San Jose Sharks.

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