Well, there has been a sizable crowd of Canadiens fans who have been calling for our #1 prospect to be added to the lineup now that the playoffs had reached a critical point. Habs management was adamant that Subban should remain in Hamilton for the AHL playoffs where he leads the Bulldogs in post-season scoring with 9 points in 6 games. It seems however, the persistent illness that Jaroslav Spacek is suffering has forced their hand as PK Subban has been recalled for Game 6. Speculation at this point is that either Bergeron will be removed from the lineup, or he will be placed onto a forward line in the place of Sergei Kostitsyn or Mat Darche. My gut tells me Sergei and Darche will sit in favor of MAB, although my opinion on this matter has been made clear this season. I respect the work that MAB has put in since he was signed at the beginning of the year, but his skills (in my opinion) are directly upgraded by Subban’s presence. As a forward MAB is often completely ineffective, and is usually kept off of the ice until the powerplay. I’m holding onto the hope that Martin will see that having Subban (who was like +300 this year) means he can dress 6 actual defensemen, and 12 actual forwards for the most important game of the year.
Can you think of a more appropriate development to add to the energy of this critical game than the call-up of Montreal’s media darling, superstar prospect? I for one cannot wait to hear the roar of the Montreal crowd when PK takes the ice. I hope that he enjoys it, because its the type of reception that EVERY NHL player dreams about. Talk about pressure for a young guy. Good thing he seems to thrive on it!
GO HABS GO!!!