P.K. Subban vs. Kris Letang

steve laidlaw





Laidlaw’s latest cage match – PK Subban vs. Kris Letang

I have been waiting for months, nay years, to spring a Kris Letang vs. Erik Karlsson Cage Match. It feels like it should be a compelling matchup. The problem is every chance Letang gets to sneak ahead he goes and gets hurt. He's now officially on Dobber's Band-Aid Boy list. Injuries are always going to be a problem with him – there's just no avoiding that now. So as much as I would love to spout on about how Letang could be a better bet than Karlsson in a fantasy league I can't because he can't stay healthy long enough for that to be a reasonable possibility. And yes Karlsson is out with that gross Achilles slicing incident, which caused us to demote him from god-status to demi-god, but the freak of nature may actually play on Thursday! He's back up to god status – nothing can hold him back. It feels like it's taken Karlsson less time to get back from this Achilles cut than it has for Letang to get back from his groin pull (and that's only part hyperbole). Seriously, I would love to do this Cage Match, but Karlsson is in-human. We've got to find a better comparison.

Enter Pernell-Karl Subban.


PK Subban has taken his game up a whole other level after holding out early this season, which completely justifies the whole ordeal on his end. The only question is how did 29 other teams not pounce on this with an offer sheet? We know that it wasn't outside the realm of possibility that an offer sheet could be handed out because the Flames gave one to Ryan O'Reilly even though he would have had to clear waivers. (Sorry for that tangent, this just frustrates me.) The point is that PK is damn good and is well on his way to a Norris Trophy. He leads the league in defenseman scoring (Letang is second) and has done so in fewer games than most because of his aforementioned hold out (Letang has played fewer games because, duh, he's a Band-Aid Boy).

In all, PK has 36 points in 40 games,