As Boston Bruins development camp opened today, featuring three young goalies among the participants, news came down that one of the trio is ready to step up to the pros this coming season.
Malcolm Subban, according to Bruins assistant general manager (and development camp mastermind) Don Sweeney, can say goodbye to his junior playing career with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL. What’s next for the two-time development camp attendee? The AHL’s Providence Bruins, since at 19, he still needs more seasoning before he’s ready for the big show.
But after three full years in Belleville, he really doesn’t have much else to prove on the junior circuit. He was the O’s top goalie during the 2013 playoffs, notching a 2.00 goals-against average, .933 save percentage and three shutouts in 17 games played. This despite the fact that the Bulls did not win the J. Ross Robertson Cup. However, they did make it to the Eastern Conference Finals before being eliminated by the Barrie Colts in seven games.
In the regular season preceding it, Subban was once again the best goalie in the league, boasting a 29-11-4 record, .934 save percentage, 2.14 GAA and five different shutouts. He had a great in his trip to the 2013 World Junior Championship, including a 9-3 win over Germany and a 6-3 besting of Russia, but eventually took to the bench in favor of Jordan Binnington after allowing four goals from the gold-medal American squad in the semifinals–though he did come back in relief of Binnington in the bronze medal game after he’d allowed four from Russia.
But never mind that, that’s just a small sample size of a player’s possible performance. Now it’s time for him to begin proving himself at a pro level and to prepare, hopefully, for that time somewhere in the future where P.K. Subban is gearing up to score on his younger brother, only to be stopped in a brilliant highlight-reel style that gets Jack Edwards chuckling in sheer “ain’t rivalries grand?” amusement.
The slogan of the P-Bruins, after all, is It All Starts Here!