While we wait to see if the NHL and the players’ union get a contract together, (One that won’t require a trip to the Thunderdome.) the Bruins are still making moves to increase their depth and players for the future. Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the B’s have signed goaltender Malcolm Subban to a three-year entry-level contract. Subban, was drafted in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. He was the twenty-fourth selection overall. He spent the last season with the Ontario Hockey League’s(OHL) Belleville Bulls. Subban was named OHL Goaltender of the Month in November of 2011, going 9-1-0(two shutouts), with a 1.48 goals against average and .952 save percentage. Subban had a season total 2.5 goals against average(4th in OHL) and .923 save percentage(5th in OHL). He posted an overall 25-14 record(with three shutouts).
Malcolm also racked up some post season experience in six playoff games for the Bulls. His time in the crease garnered him a 2.93 goals against average and .917 save percentage. His playoff record was 2-3-1. He was undefeated in regular season shootouts(three). Subban was ranked the top North American draft eligible goaltender. His addition to the roster means the Providence Bruins will likely be using his talent’s at the end of this or perhaps the 2013-2014 season. He took part in this year’s development camp, and was seen as a solid prospect for the Bruins in their deep game for finding and nurturing talent.
It’s not just talent, but also a twinge of tradition. The ancient rivalry between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens had another page added to it. A Subban in Boston. Malcolm’s older brother, PK, plays for them. “To be honest, I never really liked him that much.” joked Malcolm at the time of his selection at the draft. GM Chiarelli was ready to see him in the organization since the draft. “He was in our top ten. So, we valued him and we tracked him pretty good. He was the best player available, and a need.” Now we’ve got our own Subban in the system. PK’s has had some interesting moments with Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand last season, and the new rivalries that could spawn will be fun to watch.