You are reading that headline correctly: with the 24th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, the Boston Bruins selected 18-year-old Malcolm Subban.
Subban is the younger brother of P.K. Subban, who plays for the archrival Montreal Canadiens. This created a funny moment when the siblings embraced on Malcolm’s way to the podium, where he donned the Black and Gold.
Unlike his older brother, though, the younger Subban is a goaltender. He just finished his third year minding the net for the OHL Belleville Bulls, putting together a 25-14-0 record with three shutouts, a .923 save percentage and a 2.50 goals against average.
It’s likely that Subban will spend at least another year in Belleville continuing to hone his game. The Providence Bruins have Michael Hutchinson and Niklas Svedberg, after all. Still, Subban will fit in well in the long term with his new team in some form.
This might also be the biggest bombshell in the second half of the first round. The first round of this draft featured the blockbuster trade that will unite Jordan and Eric Staal on the Carolina Hurricanes and then things got a little quiet–until this trade.
Subban, who models his game after Henrik Lundqvist from the New York Rangers, has already expressed a desire to work hard and crack the Bruins lineup sometime soon. He was also seen shedding a tear on stage as he put on his new sweater. Was that a tear of happiness or sadness? We can’t be entirely sure.
He does seem to be happy with his selection, though, and general manager Peter Chiarelli explained that the selection fills two criteria: filling a need and being a top player. Chiarelli knows that goaltenders sometimes take a while to really develop to an NHL level, but said that Subban has the foundation.
Subban is also an active Twitter user. Follow him here. Speaking of Twitter, Tyler Seguin sent this tweet to his new teammate: