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Your! Call: Should PK Subban be named to Team Canada?

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Mike Hetherington, TSN.ca Staff
12/3/2013 12:46:17 PM
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Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien has made it clear that he believes PK Subban is making a case to join Team Canada at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Subban has started off his season strong, ranking sixth in the NHL in assists with 20 and 23rd in points with 24.

Yet the question remains, should Subban be on Canada's Olympic roster?

Subban's skill-set as an offensive defenceman limits his competition for a position on the team, but it also restricts his chances.

Team Canada is expected to feature a mix of defensive and puck-moving players on the back end, including 2010 members Duncan Keith, Drew Doughty, Shea Weber. Other names in the mix that excel at moving the puck include Jay Bouwmeester, Dan Boyle, Alex Pietrangelo and Kris Letang. Marc Staal is also in the running for a roster spot.

Subban won the Norris Trophy as the league's outstanding defenceman in last season and Therrien has continued to praise Subban's strong play.

"As far as I'm concerned, he's playing his best hockey. His focus is at the right place," said Therrien after the Canadiens win over Devils Monday night. "He's doing a fabulous job for the team. We're putting him out there against top players, game in and game out. And he loves that challenge. And it's not a coincidence that we're having success, that we pick up wins.

"He's certainly one of the best defencemen right now."

Though Subban is the best Canadiens' defenceman, he is not the best Canadian defenceman, leaving him on the fence when it comes to Canada's roster.

While his puck-moving ability is unquestioned, he remains a player with a style of play that can bring high reward but also high risk.

Will the Team Canada staff feel comfortable with that scenario?

Should PK Subban be one of the seven defenceman at the 2014 Games?

As always, it's Your! Call.

P.K. Subban (Photo: Derek Leung/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Derek Leung/Getty Images)
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