Malcolm Subban
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Malcolm Subban

Hometown:

Rexdale Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-12-21

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2012

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

1st round (24th overall), 2012

Weight:

188 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2009-10: Selected in the 11th round (218th overall) by Belleville in the 2009 OHL Priority Draft, Malcolm Subban in one game with the Bulls, and played in two junior games with the CCHL’s Toronto Junior Canadiens – spending most of the season with the Mississauga Reps. The Reps captured the GTHL championship and reached the final game of the 2010 Telus Cup (Canada’s midget AAA hockey championship).  Subban recorded two saves in 13 minutes of action in his lone appearance with the Bulls and was 0-1 with a 3.39 goals against and .882 save percentage in two games with the Junior Canadiens. Subban split time with Santo Provenzano for the Reps and was most impressive in the Telus Cup championship game, stopping 55 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Notre Dame Hounds. In 14 regular season games he had a 1.86 goals against and in 7 playoff contests was at 2.00 goals against. In five Telus Cup contests he was 2-2-1 with a 3.07 goals against and .921 save percentage.

2010-11: Subban played in 32 games for Belleville, being named to the OHL’s All-Rookie Team, and represented Canada at the 2011 U18 World Junior Championship. Playing on a Bulls team that finished with the league’s third-worst record, he was 10-17-2 with a 3.16 goals against and .900 save percentage. The Bulls reached the playoffs by finishing three points ahead of Peterborough in the East but were swept by Mississauga St. Michael’s. Subban started three of four games in the playoffs, and had an impressive .933 save percentage and 2.02 goals against despite going 0-3. Subban appeared in five of seven games for fourth-place Canada at the U18 WJC and was 3-2 with two shutouts; finishing with a 2.98 goals against and .913 save percentage.

2011-12: Subban skated in 39 games for Belleville in his second season; being hampered by a mid-season groin injury. He was one of the OHL’s top goaltenders and a big part of the Bulls turnaround as Belleville finished second in the East Division. He finished with a 25-14 mark and recorded three shutouts with a 2.50 goals against and .923 save percentage. In the Bulls’ six-game playoff season with eventual OHL runners-up Ottawa he was 2-4 with one loss coming in overtime and had a 2.93 goals against and .917 save percentage. Subban was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and was the top ranked North American goalie in Central Scouting’s final rankings (up from 20th in the mid-term rankings) prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Subban was one of the OHL’s top goalies in his third season with Belleville and was the starter for Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship. In 46 games for the Bulls he was 29-11-4 with 5 shutouts and had a 2.14 goals against and .934 save percentage. Belleville finished first in the East Division and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals against Barrie. Subban was 11-6 with 3 shutouts and had a 2.00 goals against and .933 save percentage in 17 playoff games. He was 4-2 in six games at the WJC, with the second loss coming in overtime against Russia in the bronze medal game. Subban had a 2.76 goals against and .901 save percentage in the tournament. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Boston in September, 2012.

 2013-14: Subban appeared in 33 games for Boston AHL affiliate Providence in his first pro season; splitting time with fellow Bruins’ prospect Niklas Svedberg. He was 15-10-5 with one shutout and had a 2.31 goals against and .920 save percentage. Providence finished third in the Atlantic Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Subban appeared in six playoff games and was 2-2 with a 2.96 goals against and .888 save percentage.

Talent Analysis

Malcolm Subban is an athletic goaltender with size and explosive lateral mobility. Practically unbeatable in one-on-one situations he’s poised but is also capable of making highlight reel saves thanks to his athleticism and agility. The younger brother of Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban, he is charismatic but in a more understated way than his brother. Subban has drawn some criticism for his technique which is less refined than other goalie prospects. If Subban can iron out the wrinkles in his technique, he has star potential.

Future

Subban was with Boston for the opening game of the 2014-15 season but did not see any action before being assigned to Bruins AHL affiliate Providence. He did make his NHL debut in a February 20th game against the Blues, stopping three of the six shots he faced in 31 minutes of action. Spending most of his second pro season with the Providence Bruins, he is again splitting time at the AHL level — this time with former Predators' prospect Jeremy Smith. The Bruins prized goalie prospect since being selected in the first round in 2012, he appears to have slipped behind Svedberg in the Boston depth chart and has struggled to play with the confidence he showed in junior hockey. Long-term his skill set suggests he can be an elite goalie one day. Whether he puts the pieces together is the key issue.

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