Habs prospect Subban wins AHL honour

QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

MONTREAL - Hamilton Bulldogs defenceman P.K. Subban has been chosen as the recipient of the American Hockey League's President's Award in recognition of his accomplishments over the last year.

The Montreal Canadiens prospect was absent from the team's summer development camp Wednesday to be on hand to accept the award.

"This shows the organization's class for letting me go for one day," said Subban.

Subban was also singing the praises of the AHL.

"People only talk about the NHL, but you can't forget that the AHL offers an excellent calibre of play," he said. "I learned a lot this year."

While Subban appreciated his time in Hamilton, he has no plans to return to the Habs' farm team next season.

"For sure my goal is to spend the season in Montreal, but a lot of things can happen before then," he said. "All I can do for now is prepare myself as well as possible and we'll see where things go."

It is likely that a prolonged absence by veteran defenceman Andrei Markov, who suffered a knee injury in Montreal's second-round playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, will help Subban's chances of spending the season with the big club. All that is left is for him to show that he deserves the opportunity.

The 21-year-old Subban is more mature at this year's camp and has said repeatedly that his "work ethic would dictate how his career unfolds."

He is also heeding the advice of former coach Guy Boucher, who told Subban to "stay away from the numerous off-ice distractions".

Subban finished last year's AHL season with 18 goals, 35 assists. He added one goal and seven assists in 14 playoffs games with the Canadiens.


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