- Position: G
- Height: 6’2"
- Weight: 200
- League last year: AHL, NHL
- Age this year: 22
- Acquired: Drafted 24th overall in the 2012 NHL entry draft
Malcolm Subban was allowed into exactly one NHL game last season, at a stupid time in a road trip, by a front office driven mad by desperation. It was on a road trip, so there were a limited number of opponents that he might play against. Here are the road trip stops after he was called up, with their position on the day he was called up:
- Edmonton Oilers (16-32-10)
- St. Louis Blues (37-16-4)
- Chicago Blackhawks (35-18-4)
A reminder: The Blues finished first in a division that included the eventual cup champion Blackhawks, and the Oilers drafted Connor goddamn McDavid. So, obviously, the team you want to run the prospect goalie out in for his first-ever NHL game? Edmonton, right? WRONG!
In a shocking mismanagement of young talent, that probably makes the top 20 for this calendar year, the Bruins decided to throw Malcolm Subban directly into the fire, soaked in gasoline. Maybe they're just mad at his brother? I don't know, but it was real stupid. Predictably, the Blues (top five in scoring last year) ate him alive behind a terrible Bruins defense.
But was he any good? Here is the shot attempt chart from his only game, cropped down:
In the first period, he faced 7 total shot attempts, 3 on target. None of them went in. On the other end of the ice, Brad Marchand had made Brian Allen look like Brian Allen and put the Bruins up 1-0. All was well after 20, and then Subban managed to let in 3 goals in the first 5ish minutes of the period on 5 shot attempts, 3 on target. Yes, all of the shots on goal that Malcolm faced went in.
If the Bruins had won that game, they would have made the playoffs and Don Sweeney's insane circus of a front office wouldn't have put us all on the wirlygig with too much cotton candy. But no, the Blues were the appropriate team. I mean, when was the last time the Blues were a threat to anyone?
In the AHL, Malcolm Subban saw a lot more success. He started a good chunk of regular season games, and some playoff games as well. Did well enough for himself. He had better stats than the Svedbeast™ two years ago, but was outplayed by Jeremy Smith this year.
What does the future hold for Malcolm Subban? He's got a chance to battle Zane McIntyre for the backup goalie spot this season, and a spot in Providence if he can't make it. As for the future, who knows? Goalies are notoriously difficult to predict.
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July 28, 2015
The list so far, as voted by you:
- David Pastrnak (63%)
- Torey Krug (47%)
- Ryan Spooner (60%)
- Zach Trotman (40%)
- Brett Connolly (46%)
- Colin Miller (21%)
- Alexander Khokhlachev (27%)
- Jesse Gabrielle (29%)
- Zach Senyshyn (20%)
- Joe Morrow (17%)
- Zane McIntyre (25%)
- Malcolm Subban (38%)
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