On Saturday in an interview with Men’s Journal, New Jersey Devils defensemen P.K Subban said he feels that he is among the top defensemen in the NHL, despite what the many people in hockey say. The 31-year-old has been on the decline statistically the past two seasons and he seems uninterested at times. The 2018-2019 season was bad enough, but 2019-2020 was even more of a trainwreck. Not only for Subban – but for his new Devils team in general. As many of you may have forgotten, the trade that brought Subban to New Jersey had everyone hailing then G.M Ray Shero the “winner of the offseason”.
Shero was fired six months later.
“In my opinion, I’m still one of the top defensemen in the League…”
“When I’m in the biggest games, the biggest moments, I feel that I’m one of the players that teams would love to have on their team and that they can rely on, and that’s always been my game.”
A strong argument can be made for his big game heroics as he has 62 career playoff points in 96 post-season contests. That said, just because he’s had playoff success in his past doesn’t mean that his declining play shouldn’t be alarming to the New Jersey Devils organization.
The past two seasons have been a nosedive.
Subban was voted the 2013 Norris Trophy winner as the best defenseman in the NHL. This current season saw the decline from his career-low 31 points in 2018-2019 continue – as this year Subban has only scored 18 points in 68 games. I love the swagger and confidence, but as the old saying goes “numbers don’t lie.” The notion of P.K Subban still being elite is about as factual as the existence of the Loch Ness Monster.