In hockey’s court of public opinion, P.K. Subban is preparing his on-ice rebuttal.

Described by some as damaged goods following a season where he played games while barely able to lift his foot in the air, the newest New Jersey Devil intends to deliver the next statement in this ongoing conversation.

What, you forgot about the real P.K.?

"I feel like, man, I get banged up a couple times and everybody’s ready to write me off," Subban told Sportsnet.

"I hear a lot of people talking about me losing a step or not being the same player and it’s like ‘I don’t know, man. It’s not too long ago I was up for a Norris [Trophy], so …’

"I feel like I’ll be right back where I need to be. All I’ve got to do is stay on the ice and I’m confident in that."

Subban is thrilled about the draft-day trade that brought him to New Jersey and the prospect of playing a more prime-time role than he had on the defensively stacked Nashville Predators.