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2012 first-round draft pick Malcolm Subban attended the camp for the second straight year, and he will make the transition from junior to professional this season.
Subban, the second of three brothers to be drafted into an NHL organization, played three years of junior for the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League.
Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe was in Wilmington for the camp, and she spoke with Subban about the transition from junior to professional hockey.
“My focus right now is just to try to hopefully get myself up to the AHL level, and the NHL level will come," Subban said.
Sweeney told Benjamin that Subban won't be rushed because the Bruins already have their franchise goalie in Tuukka Rask.
“That’s all healthy in a person’s development . . . I don’t think [Subban’s] in a rush, nor should he be, and he should just sort of embrace what’s in front of him and that moment. I think he does a good job of that. He’s a really competitive guy. So, he’s going to want the net, and you love that in a goaltender.”
Subban's Bulls were upset by the Barrie Colts in a seven-game series in the OHL playoffs this past spring, and Sweeney thinks that it will help Subban going forward, because he is certain to face some kind of adversity.
“The experience that he went through being challenged, having a little bit of disappointment, I think really sets him up well for that next phase of his career because he’s going to go in against much better shooters than what he’s been facing on a regular basis,” Sweeney said. “He’s such an athletic goaltender that has so much promise.”