|P.K. Subban playnig ball hockey during Canada's national men's team orientation camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre, Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Aug. 27, 2013. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI Agency)
CALGARY - High-risk, high-reward players have no trouble standing out.
They’re always doing something.
Whether it’s a spectacular play that showcases their immense skill, or a disastrous swing-and-a-miss that proves costly, they’re walking, talking highlight reels.
There were more than a few players who fit that category at this week’s Team Canada orientation camp.
But head coach Mike Babcock made it clear.
He loves the high reward.
But he wants no part of the risk.
Montreal Canadiens defenceman PK Subban bristled at the notion he would be included in that group.
“I don’t think I play a high-risk, high-reward game,” Subban said. “I’ve always been solid in my own zone, and people who watch me play know that.
“Whoever says I play high-risk, high-reward obviously hasn’t watched me play much.”
Well … Subban does look for the big open-ice hit now and then.
And he’s not shy about joining, or even leading, the rush.