Subban thirsty for more work at B's development camp

Subban thirsty for more work at B's development camp
July 9, 2014, 4:15 pm
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WILMINGTON – Malcolm Subban had himself an eventful first day of Bruins development camp at Ristuccia Arena. The B’s former first round pick was 30 minutes tardy for on-ice workouts after developing leg cramps outside in the heat during fitness testing, and then got into some good-natured chirping with 2014 first round pick David Pastrnak once he joined the other prospects.

Pastrnak punctuated the chirp session by squirting Subban with a water bottle, which anybody associated with the Bruins knows is a no-no when it comes to Malcolm’s older brother in Montreal. B’s assistant general manager Don Sweeney couldn’t resist getting in one quick jab about Subban’s hydration challenges before segueing into Boston’s expectations for him.

“Well, we told him to drink a little more water on a hot day,” said Subban. “Somebody asked me earlier why Malcolm as a pro is in this camp, but he’s a young goaltender. We felt that the time he could spend with Goalie Bob [Essensa] would be instrumental in his development.

“He had a really good first year, had some ups and downs that he had to fight through some things, and battle for the net. I think it’s really good for him to be around kids his own age, even as a first year pro. We’re happy that he’s here, and that he’ll be able to take advantage of that time.”

Once Subban got on the ice he flashed the athleticism and explosiveness that made him a first round pick back in 2012, and made it through the rest of the session with fellow puck-stopping prospect Zane Gothberg. He finished with a 15-10-5 record for Providence with a 2.31 goals against average, and helped push the P-Bruins into the second round of the AHL playoffs.

Subban should have the bulk of the AHL workload this season with partner Niklas Svedberg expected to be Tuukka Rask’s backup in Boston, and that will be the next step in his pro development path.

After Wednesday’s session concluded, Subban mentioned how challenging it was watching his older brother tear up his NHL organization during the second round of the playoffs.

“It’s a fun experience. It’s not like I hate development camp aside from the run test,” Subban, who was the only one of the 23 B’s prospects that was late getting onto the ice. “To be honest [watching the Bruins/Habs playoffs] was mixed emotions because you really can’t pick a side. I was just watching in between [team and family] and looking out both ways. That’s about it.

“It was pretty strange obviously. It was tough to watch my parents cheering him on. So it was mixed emotions, but it was a great series.”

The P-Bruins goaltender also said he was aware of the flap caused by an undetermined number of racist tweets from alleged Bruins fans aimed at his older brother during the playoff series. But it wasn’t something he was concerned about beyond feeling a sense of family pride at the way P.K. handled things with class and professionalism.

“I didn’t really look into that. I heard about it. I was [focused on hockey] in the middle of the playoffs,” said Subban. “He’s pretty strong mentally. He doesn’t let too much get to him. That’s good. I’m proud of him.”

One key piece of advice for Subban in advance of tomorrow’s second day of development: a couple of bottles of Gatorade should give him all the electrolytes he should need to get through the day.