PK Subban Compared to 2007 Draft Class

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Photo: Getty Images/NHL

In the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, there were 59 defencemen selected. Pernell Karl Subban, who is now 25 years of age, was the seventeenth defencemen to go in the draft.  The 2007 NHL Entry Draft is most known for the selections of Patrick Kane, P.K. Subban, Max Pacioretty, Ryan McDonagh, Jamie Benn, Kevin Shattenkirk and James Van Riemsdyk. In this draft, Lars Eller was also selected at 13th overall by St. Louis who would later be traded to Montreal. Subban was selected in almost midway into the 2nd round at 43rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens. The 6’0″, 218lbs Toronto native who has now, seven years later played 284 games in the National Hockey League has a proud list of accomplishments such as two World Junior Championships gold medals, one Olympic gold medal, one Norris Trophy, and an NHL First All-Star Team. Among all 211 draftees in 2007 no matter the position, Subban is 10th in points, 6th in assists, 14th in goals, 16th in games played and 2nd in penalty minutes. Subban was born in Toronto to a Jamaican father and a Montserratian mother. He has two brothers who are both drafted into the National Hockey League (Jordan – Vancouver, Malcolm – Boston) and two sisters. In his Junior A years, Subban was a vital part of the success of his Ontario Hockey League club, Belleville Bulls’ success where they placed first played in the Eastern Division in three of his four seasons with the team. In his only season with the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs (Canadiens affiliate), they absolutely dominated the North Division ahead of the second place Rochester Americans by 24 points and went on to lose in the Conference Finals to the Texas Stars in seven games. Subban came third on the team in points just behind David Desharnais and Brock Trotter.

 

Since the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, 27 of the 59 drafted defencemen have played at least one game in the National Hockey League. P.K. Subban places third among all of them despite being drafted 43rd overall and the 17th defenceman. Subban sits only behind Alzner of the Capitals and Gunnarsson of the Maple Leafs.

Information: hockey-reference.com

Information: hockey-reference.com

 

While Subban is tenth among all 2007 draftees in points, he is the only defender to crack the top 10 from that draft giving him a 13+ point lead over the rest of the defencemen selected. Also cracking the top five defencemen in points is Shattenkirk, fellow Habs draftee McDonagh, rival Gunnarsson and lastly Alzner.

Information: hockey-reference.com

Information: hockey-reference.com

 

The Corsi percentage is the amount of time that the team the player is on has possession of the puck when the given player was on the ice during even strength. To make the list accurate, nine defencemen were ranked based on their regular season and playoff Corsi percentage who have played a minimum of 150 games in the career. With the exception of Keaton Ellerby and Yannick Weber, every player on the list drops in percentage points when in the playoffs. Subban ranks fourth in the regular season and sixth when in the playoffs.

Information: hockey-reference.com

Information: hockey-reference.com

 

Subban places fifth among all defencemen drafted in 2007 in the blocked shots category. Subban has blocked 395 shots in his career. Although, Subban has the most blocked shots on the power play compared to the other four on the below list. (Subban: 17 / Other four combined: 20).

Information: hockey-reference.com

Information: hockey-reference.com

Hopefully, Subban resigns with the team for a long term deal soon and can continue to bring his appreciated talent and personality to the Canadiens organization!

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One Response to PK Subban Compared to 2007 Draft Class

  1. I like this article however to help prove your point looking at stuff like rel Corsi %, may help clean up some of the noise of being on exceptional possession team.

    Tom July 8, 2014 at 10:50 am Reply

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