After missing the first four games of the shortened 2013 campaign, Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban is ready to make his return to the blue line. On Monday evening, the Habs signed the former restricted free agent to a two-year, $5.75 million deal. So, Subban held out for that chump change? Interesting to say the least, but those who used a draft pick on Subban in fantasy leagues surely don’t care. They are just happy to have a budding superstar defenseman back on their roster.
Subban will likely make his 2013 debut on Thursday night, but will he have an immediate fantasy impact? I’d say it’s a safe bet, considering the offensive upside this kid has. Back in his rookie year, he scored 14 goals and has some absolutely silky mitts. So far this year, Montreal’s offense has been very good (averaging 3.25 goals per game) and Subban will make it even better. Fellow defenseman Andrei Markov has been very impressive to start the year and if Subban joins his partner in crime, watch out.
His impact on this team is tremendous. When Subban is out on the ice, the Habs are always a threat to score a goal. Since plus/minus is a major category in fantasy, Subban holds great value, as he finished last year with a plus nine on a very weak team. Also, with forward Max Pacioretty out for three to four weeks, Subban will have to provide more offense, which may end up boding very well for fantasy owners.
If anyone is worried that Subban won’t get a ton of playing time right off the bat, think again. Subban is a workhorse, leading the entire Habs team in ice time a season ago. Montreal understands how important Subban is, and will be on the ice early and often. Don’t forget, Subban (23) hasn’t even hit his prime yet. Expect a very promising future for Subban, keeping him on fantasy radars for years to come.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy hockey/football columnist for Rant Sports.
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