On June 29, 2016, 2 big blockbuster trades had occured in the NHL. The first sent LW Taylor Hall to New Jersey for defenseman Adam Larsson, but the second one was bigger than a blockbuster, as it sent 2 Norris trophy caliber defenseman to a different team. P.K Subban went from the Montreal Canadiens to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber, who went from Nashville to Montreal. As we are getting closer to the halfway mark of the season, here is how the trade has affected the 2 teams so far. (I will do another post like this at the end of the year.)
Comparing how the teams have done so far: The Canadiens are second in both the eastern conference and the NHL with a record of 16-6-2, for 34 points, atop the Atlantic division. The Preds are 11-8-4, with 26 points, and are in a 4-way tie for third in a rather weak Central division.
Comparing the players\’ stats so far: Weber, at age 31, has 8 goals and 10 assists for 18 points. He also has a +/- of +18, with 7 of his 8 goals coming on the powerplay, plus 3 PP assists for 10 PP points, or PPP. Weber has scored 3 game winning goals so far. Subban, hasn\’t done as well as expected. He, like Weber has 10 assists, with 2 less goals than Weber (6) for 16 points. Half of Subban\’s goals are on the powerplay, plus 4 of his assists also on the PP for 7 PPP. Subban\’s big difference compared to Weber is +/-. The 27 year old is a -7, one point higher than the -8 (career worst) he had in 2010-11.
It\’s pretty obvious which team has won SO FAR. It\’s got to be the 34 point Canadiens. When the trade first happened, almost everyone had declared that this was an amazing trade for Nashville. So far, it\’s the habs with all the praise. We will have to wait and see which team will win this deal in years to come.