Subban for Hamonic
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08-10-2012, 02:21 PM
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Thornhill, ON
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You likely had your eyes closed the entire time you 'followed' him. Subban was lights out last year. He had a few high profile mistakes early on in the season which you no doubt saw in your TSN highlights, and led to many people assuming he was on a sophomore slump, which couldn't be further from the truth. He improved on his first season.
He produced despite the powerplay being useless, he shutdown top opposition and played huge minutes every night. His production stats, +/-, and microstats all point to him having a great season, and people who actually watched him know it to be the truth.
Lets be fair. Subban struggled at times at both ends of the ice and had a career worst shooting percentage. He also has a tendancy to take dumb penalties. He's not perfect, but his upside is still there. The fact that he had such impressive numbers despite struggling for the 1st third of the season isn't just disappointing, it also very promising. If he can find consistency he could be a real force. His issues aren't unfix-able, they're mostly categorized as development pains that can pretty much all be tied back to over exuberance (forcing shots, going for the big hits and taking dumb penalties). Those can all be fixed with maturation. They might not be as well. He's a polarizing player, overrated by Habs fans and underrated by pretty much everyone else. He's got incredible upside, but its just that right now. That being said, Hamonic isn't at Subban's level and may never be at his level. He's another underrated player who's fans preach upside and potential without looking at the now.
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