With Tuukka Rask signed for a longtime, there is no need to rush any goalie into the Boston Bruins’ crease any time soon. Having said that, entering his second professional season, 2012 first-rounder Malcolm Subban has had a dominant development camp for the Bruins and his NHL potential looks real.
With Bruins drafting more elite snipers than ever before, Subban faced plenty of rubber from prime scoring areas and turned away shots confidently. I was at the same camp last year and too often it appeared the former Bellville Bull was fighting the puck and appeared to be getting hit by the puck rather than stopping it. That has changed this year and both the Bruins and Subban are better off for it.
What struck me the most was his strong stickside, as not only was he stopping shots (especially with his right pad), he was directing them away from the slot and really controlling his rebounds well. His glove (which has long been considered his strong side) was amazing too as he made a number of great saves with his glove, particularly one on Boston College sniper Ryan Fitzgerald that was a sight to behold.
Subban will likely be ticketed back to the AHL next season to continue to hone his craft, but he is inching closer to NHL duty. While a potential No. 1 goalie would fetch an amazing return on the trade market, the Bruins should hold on to Subban for as long as they can.
Besides, a Malcolm Subban vs. P.K. Subban showdown would only intensify the Bruins-Montreal Canadiens rivalry, which is as intense as it ever has been in its nearly 100-year history.
Highlights of Subban’s stellar play at development camp can be seen here.