Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
P.K. Subban with his Norris Trophy in 2013.
P.K. Subban is the defending Norris Trophy winner for best defenseman, and don't be surprised to see him earn top honors again in 2013-14.
First, let's remember that Subban is only 24 years old and is entering just his fourth season in the NHL. He's now entering his prime and should continue to improve his game over the next few seasons.
Second, let's look back on the circumstances under which he won the Norris last season. He started the season without a contract and ended up missing all of training camp and the first six games of the season. Even when he did return to the lineup, he was used somewhat sparingly by coach Michel Therrien.
His time-on-ice to begin the 2013 season was limited. As Arpon Basu of NHL.com points out, he began the season on Montreal's third defensive pairing and saw minimal power-play time with the second unit. He had six points in his first 10 games, but would then add 30 points in his next 26 games as his role with the Habs grew.
Subban will begin the upcoming season as Therrien's workhorse and his numbers should increase accordingly.
He should also be highly motivated as well. He has the chance to play himself onto Team Canada's Sochi 2014 roster and earn a long-term contract that should make him one of the top-paid defenseman in the league.