Devils’ P.K. Subban: “I’m Still One of the Top Defensemen in the League”

P.K. Subban with Predators. Photo by Chris Brown/CSM/Shutterstock

New Jersey Devils acquired defenseman P.K. Subban last summer, expecting the veteran to front their defensive line for years to come. Things didn’t exactly work out that way for now, as Subban struggled to make an impact in 2019/20, contributing just with 18 points (7 goals and 11 assists) in 68 games.

In a recent chat with Men’s Journal, Subban himself acknowledged that his performances haven’t been on the expected level this season. However, the 31-year-old still believes he is one of the best in NHL on his position.

“In my opinion, I’m still one of the top defensemen in the League,” said Subban. “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.”

P.K. Subban came to New Jersey when Nashville Predators decided to trade him in exchange for Steven Santini, prospect Jeremy Davies, and two second-round draft picks on the second day of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.  This put him in an unusual situation, as the veteran went from a Stanley Cup contender to a struggling team.

According to Subban, this drastic change of scenery needed a bit of adjustment, but he remains optimistic about his future.

“So it’s an adjustment, but I definitely believe that there’s better things to come for me in my career, whether it’s winning a Norris Trophy or Stanley Cup,” he added.

Besides Devils and Predators, Subban also played with Montreal Canadiens over the course of his NHL career. He has three All-Star appearances and was  James Norris Memorial Trophy winner in 2013. His career stats include 645 NHL appearances in which he scored 98 goals and dished 310 assists.