Statistically Speaking: How Dynamic is P.K. Subban?

PK Subban has consistently contributed to this team game in, game out. Stop the hate. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHL via Getty Images)

PK Subban has consistently contributed to this team game in, game out. Stop the hate. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHL via Getty Images)

The buzz around P.K. Subban on social media and in the Habs’ locker room is absolutely absurd. After last night’s 3-2 loss in the Mile High city against the Avalanche, head coach Michel Therrien completely threw star defenceman P.K. Subban under the bus.

This put me in absolute shock as we have seen Therrien defend players like Andrei Markov following poor games. However, with no hesitation, he destroyed Subban to the press the first chance he got.

I’m here to show you how dynamic P.K. Subban really is, and why all the talk of the Canadiens trading him should end immediately.

On-Ice Goals For:

As Arpon Basu tweeted earlier today, here lies the players in the NHL that have been on the ice for the most goals for, this season:

Data tweeted by Arpon Basu

Data tweeted by Arpon Basu

P.K. Subban is with flattering company here, as he has been on the ice for 95 of the Habs’ 159 team goals. On the defensive side as well, he has been on the ice for only 69 of 161 goals against. This tweet itself shows how dynamic Subban has been on both sides of the puck, even through the struggling season in Montreal.

% Of Team Statistics:

Subban places behind only Erik Karlsson in all Situations for % of Team’s Goals For with at least 1000 minutes played.

Ever since December 1st, this season has been extremely forgettable for Habs fans. However, Subban still shines as one of the only bright spots on this team. In the chart above, it highlights the percentage of team time on ice, goals for and goals against.

Subban ranks with other superstar defencemen around the league such as Erik Karlsson, and contributes even more than Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Ryan Suter, Dustin Byfuglien and reigning Conn Smythe winner Duncan Keith. As compared to these players in the last column, Pernell Karl is on the ice for less goals against than Keith, Karlsson AND Suter, who are each respectively loved by their fanbases and management.

But Why?

This is not the case in Montreal for some reason. P.K. Subban is leading the team in overall points, assists, power play points, average TOI/G and average amount of shifts per games played. This is all happening while the Habs are OUT of a playoff picture. The way the coaching staff and some fans have been treating Subban after one minor error 150ft away from his own net is absolutely pathetic.

Need someone to blame? Look at the rest of the play unfold as Montreal’s captain completely lost Iginla in coverage last night and ended up scoring the game-winning goal. There were reports that Max Pacioretty declined to speak to media following the loss, however that was not the full story. Eric Engels of Sportsnet brought the situation to light earlier today, detailing that Pacioretty was made available but the media members stormed other players. The captain declined to comment after a few came up to him after. Maybe he should have accepted but you can’t entirely get on his case for that.

To conclude, this isn’t just an opinion as the stats are not only readily available, they are factual. P.K. Subban is a DYNAMIC defencemen on both sides of the puck and has matured year after year. Furthermore, he will only get better which is scary (for the opposition). All of this trade talk is laughable, instead appreciate what the All-Star blue liner contributes to our favourite team.

Tune in to next weeks episode of #BehindTheCH as I will weigh in on this Subban situation.

All Statistics taken from and

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