Subban 'on the right track' after development camp

Subban 'on the right track' after development camp
July 14, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Malcolm Subban was by all accounts the player closest to the NHL heading into Bruins development camp last week, but the 2012 first round pick found himself a little overshadowed by the virtuosic David Pastrnak. Still, the Providence Bruins goaltender showed that the organization still has a couple of talented young netminders in Subban and Zane Gothberg, and performed well as one of the veterans amid the 23 bright-eyed prospects.

It was all good things after Subban cramped up during the fitness testing on the opening day of camp, and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli went away impressed with a goalie that should shoulder the bulk of the AHL work in Providence this season. Subban is perhaps two years away from being NHL ready, but there’s really no rush on the 20-year-old. Tuukka Rask and Niklas Svedberg should make a pretty sweet Nordic tandem for the Black and Gold next season, and the Bruins have never been an organization to rush goalies.

“Malcolm [Subban] wanted to come to this camp," Chiarelli said. "We’ve given a couple of guys this camp off just because of the number of camps they’ve [skated in] – and this would have been Malcolm’s, I guess it would have been his third. He had showed us a lot of progress this year on the ice and off the ice, and we felt it would be okay that if he didn’t come. Then we talked to him, and he wanted to come. So I was impressed with that. He had a slow start, but I thought he had a real strong finish.

“He really came in and he has stuff to work on still, but -- if you look at his stats and you look at his start -- you can really appreciate how well he played. So he’s on the right track.”

It will be tough for Subban to establish himself in Boston given the long term deal handed out to the Vezina Trophy-winning Rask, and it could be that his eventual NHL future is in a different uniform. But the talented, athletic youngster has marked himself as a bona fide prospect already, and his stock could really shoot up with a standout season in Providence.

Subban finished with a 15-10-5 record for a young P-Bruins crew last season in his first pro season, and put up a 2.31 goals against average and .920 save percentage after some early growing pains. Those are solid AHL numbers as it is, and served as notice that the youngster is one of the bright goalie prospects at the American Hockey League level.