Subban flashes ability in Development Camp


Subban flashes ability in Development Camp

WILMINGTON, Mass. The Belleville Bulls goalie pads worn by Malcolm Subban have some yellow and gold in them, but they appear much more like old school Vancouver Canucks equipment than new-age Boston Bruins gear.

Even so, the flecks of black and yellow allowed the middle Subban brother to blend in with his Bruins brethren as he worked out for the first time with fellow Bs prospects on Thursday morning at Ristuccia Arena.

The 18-year-old Subban had a familiar look to him in terms of style and energy between the pipes, but everything he experienced on the Bs practice ice was a whole new world.

It was nice to get your foot in the door, to meet everybody and to see what it will be like as a member of the Boston Bruins, said Subban addressing a big group of reporters around the practice locker normally filled by Tuukka Rask. Id say there was nervousness and rust. Its the first time out there in a while and there were a lot of people cheering in the stands.

So it was nice to get that under my belt. I know a few of the guys, and its an easy place to fit in. Its been a great bonding experience so far.

While most of the other five goalies in camp were the picture of quiet, efficient motion while making standard saves, Subban showed off uncommon movement as he challenged shooters swooping in on him.

The scouting reports lauding his athleticism and competitiveness were dead on, and truth be told the quick movements and athletic challenges post-to-post were more than a little reminiscent of a certain two-time Vezina Trophy winner from Boston.

Any parallel to Tim Thomas is a long way down the road, however, and his first official day of work for the Bs went off without a hitch.

The athleticism you see right away, and how quick he is in the net, said assistant GM Don Sweeney. The next thing hell understand is that the shooters will be much better at the next level as well. Our goalie coach Bob Essensa will go to work with him on some things that hes seen in his game.

But he competes for every puck and every save even in this environment. Most goalies dont like to be scored on and hes no different in that regard. But the athleticism and the push across the net is very impressive.

The one hiccup in Subbans first afternoon in a Bruins jersey?

During shootout drills forward prospect Ryan Spooner continuously baffled the young goaltender with a dizzying array of double-moves, and showed Subban exactly what he can expect when he becomes an NHL player three or four years down the road.

Right now, though, it all gets chalked as a learning experience for Subban on his path to becoming Bostons goaltender of the future.

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.

*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.

*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.

*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.  

*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.

*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.

*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.

*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.