Height/Weight: 6'1", 188
Team: Belleville Bulls (OHL)
Malcolm Subban is the latest in a line of a new type of goaltender that is invading the NHL.
The brother of Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. and 2013-eligible prospect Jordan, Malcolm is an athletic netminder with great agility and post-to-post mobility. He has great reflexes and a lightning-quick glove hand, and while his style does resemble that of a traditional butterfly netminder, it is his will and ability to scramble that reflects a newer, more hybrid style.
The youngster is also very driven, having added over 20 points of muscle to his slender frame over the course of the season.
The Rexdale, Ontario, native appeared in 39 games this season for the Ontario Hockey League's Belleville Bulls (where P.K. played and Jordan plays), winning 25 to lead his team to the playoffs. He recorded a very respectable 2.50 goals against average and .923 save percentage.
Subban is unique in the fact that he is relatively new to the goaltending trade, having only played the position since he was 12. He will need to round out his game at the NHL level, as he will no longer be able to rely on only his athleticism to make saves. Beyond that, there is little doubt that Subban has the raw talent to be a top-level netminder in the big leagues.
Prior to the draft, Malcolm Subban was ranked as the top goaltender among North Americans by Central Scouting.
Analysis: Because of his relative inexperience in the goaltending trade, Subban is a little longer from NHL duty than other draft-eligibles, but when he does come, he projects as a No. 1 netminder.
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