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Get to know a draft pick — Malcolm Subban

Jun 18, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

Malcolm Subban

All week leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, we’ll be profiling top prospects who may hear their names called Friday in the first round. Nothing too in-depth. Just enough so you know who they are and what they’re about.

Malcolm Subban (G)

Height: 6’1 Weight: 188 Catches: Left

Team: Belleville Bulls (OHL)

Country: Canada

NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 1 among North American goalies

What kind of player is he?

One of three hockey-playing brothers — older brother P.K. is with the Montreal Canadiens, younger brother Jordan just finished his rookie year in Belleville — Subban has strong hockey bloodlines and comes from an athletic family. His dad and older sister were Canadian university basketball stars; his mom ran track in high school.

That said, Subban doesn’t rely solely on athleticism. Scouts like his poise, positioning and competitive fire, but do acknowledge he’s got terrific lateral ability, which makes his butterfly style all the more effective.

Subban’s biggest asset, though, is a word beloved by draft gurus: Upside.

He only started tending goal at age 12 and is still learning the position. That’s tantalizing for his long term projection because, during his time in Belleville, Subban has gotten better with each passing year. He went from being a low pick at the OHL Priority Draft to representing Canada at the World U-18s to becoming one of the best goalies in the league last season.

Because of his size and playing style, Subban has drawn comparisons to Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.


“It’s in his blood. He’s a natural goaltender. He’s big but he doesn’t just stand and get hit by the puck. He’s so athletic, he uses a lot of his reflexes.” — Sebastien Farrese, Belleville goalie coach

More draft profiles:

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Filip Forsberg

  1. sportsfreak13 - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Does he slew foot his opponents when they get near his crease?

  2. quonce - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:31 PM


  3. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    He’s a butterfly goalie who compares himself to M.A.F. As athletic a goalie can get, definitely has a ton of upside if he is coachable.

  4. rushledger - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Hopefully he’s noting like his slew footing instigating hated everywhere he goes brother pk man that guys a disgrace to our league

  5. biasedhomer - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Its been a whiles since a goalies was drafted in the 1st round

  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    #1 in North America eh? I think just the season before this he was a backup. Guess he’s come a long way.

  7. mathieug79 - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    TAMPA BAY!!! please pick this kid, take him with one of your 1st rounder, he looks to be a goaltender of the future. While we pick him, I would also take his brother PK in a trade, for all the haters. I think PK can be a great offensive defensemen ( I know he’s still maturing and has ways to go) but I think his energy could really help our slow@ss defense (kubina, brewer, ohlund (who still doesn’t have knees).

  8. drewsylvania - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    To Boston. This is the greatest pick of all time from a current rivalry standpoint.

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