Why P.K. Subban should be an Olympian

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Editor,
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are approaching quickly. As always, Canada’s men’s ice hockey team is predicted to be one of the favourites, and just like there usually is, there will be debate and more debate over who should be on the team. The debate will continue right up to Jan. 7 at noon when Canada posts its final roster.

There are some locks (Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Shea Weber) but there are quite a few spots still available for guys waiting to get their first taste of Olympic action, and I strongly believe one of those spots should belong to P.K. Subban.

Just as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, there will be critics that nitpick his game and continue to ridicule him every time he makes the slightest mistake because, I don’t know, he’s P.K. Subban. After all, a Norris trophy (for the NHL’s best defenseman) is a Norris trophy. He’s not good enough in his own end, he makes too many turnovers, he’s not a team player, and he takes himself out of the play to try and throw the big hit are what his critics say.

I will be the first to admit that sometimes he is or does these things but that’s what makes him P.K. Subban.

If you want a safe, stay-at-home defenseman, then take Jay Bouwmeester or Marc Staal (and you need some of those too) but if you want a game-breaking player with a cannon of a shot, who thrives when the game is on the line, then you want P.K. Subban.

I’m not oblivious to the fact that I am a huge Montreal fan and would love to see as many Montreal players at the Olympics as possible, but stats speak for themselves. He is consistently among the top point-getters for defensemen and this year he is third in points amongst defensemen with 24, and is currently Montreal’s leading scorer.

There are still people who say he is not good enough defensively despite his plus-minus improving from a minus 8 in his first season to a plus 12 last year and he is currently plus 8 this year. Sure some of that improvement can be credited to playing with a steady defensive presence (Andrei Markov) but as long as he is paired with a half-decent defensive defenseman in Sochi, then I don’t see a problem.

With a talent like Subban, I believe the good outweighs the bad and I would take the few turnovers that come with him for a guy who could potentially win Canada Olympic gold.

Then again I’m not Steve Yzerman, so we will just have to wait and see what he does.

I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t be able to turn on the TV and see P.K. Subban at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

 

Daniel Godfrey

Grade 7 student, Englewood School

Charlottetown, P.E.I.

 

Organizations: NHL, Englewood School

Geographic location: Montreal, Sochi, Canada Charlottetown

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