Fresh off helping lead the ‘Dogs to a six-game series win over the Manitoba Moose in the opening round of the AHL playoffs, Subban is ready to help do the same for the Habs. To hear his fellow Canadiens blue-liners tell it, the young defenseman should feel right at home tonight if he suits up.
“He’s a really good player who brings a lot of energy. I’m sure he will do all he can on the ice tonight,” said Andrei Markov. “He’s a young guy who loves the game. If he’s ready to play in the NHL or not, that’s not my decision, it’s up to the coach. But I do think he has a bright future ahead of him and hopefully he can help us.”
Markov isn’t the only Habs D-man who likes Subban’s mojo. While the 20-year-old may have only ever suited up for two games as a Hab, Josh Gorges has been impressed with him so far.
“He’s played in big games before. He’s played in World Junior gold medal games and played in other big games and he’s played well. He’s risen to the occasion,” reminded Gorges of Subban’s impressive puck pedigree. “You just see it with his attitude, his demeanour and his personality that these pressure-packed situations and pressure-filled games don’t faze him. He kind of runs right off of it – he goes out there and just plays and has fun. If he is in tonight, it’ll be exciting to see him go.”
Subban’s fans in the Habs dressing room aren’t limited to the club’s defense corps. The team’s leading playoff scorer is also intrigued by what the speedy defenseman could have up his sleeve.
“I haven’t heard that much as far as Hamilton, but I remember when he was here I was very impressed with his play,” explained Michael Cammalleri. “He brings an energy to the game and a charisma to the game and I think that radiates through his play. He’s shown some good composure and he’s obviously got a strong skill set so I think the sky is the limit for a player like P.K.”
The news of the Toronto native’s call-up even made to its way to the Capitals headquarters.
“All we know for now is that he’s been called up and we’ll try to gather all the information we can on him and we’ll see if he will be in their lineup tonight,” said Caps head coach Bruce Boudreau. “When you look around the league at guys who have come up from the minors they usually play great. The adrenaline is so high it’s like instant energy. If he’s going to play tonight, I’d say he’s going to play real well.”
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com.
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