P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Subban made great strides this season in his defensive zone play. After holding out for a contract extension and more money during the lockout, he proved that the investment Montreal made would not be a mistake, as Subban tallied 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) in 42 games. Subban set a career-high in assists and was on-pace to set career-highs in goals and points. P.K. made a huge swing in his plus/minus rating, going from a -8 last season to a +12 this season. At only 23 years old, Subban has found a great balance between his rough and physical defensive style and his offensive skill set that starts with his booming shot, often seen on the power play. Speaking of the power play, Subban scored two-thirds of his total points, 26 points (7 goals, 19 assists), on the power play. Subban’s 11 goals also lead all NHL defenseman. This season was Subban showing Montreal that he can, and will, anchor their blue line for many years to come.