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Subban Inks Entry-Level Deal

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MA — B's prospect Malcolm Subban is one step closer to NHL ice.

The goaltender, Boston's first pick (24th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, has signed an three year entry-level contract with the Bruins.

"I’m just so happy — it’s an 'Original Six' team, there’s not much more you can ask for," said Subban after being selected by the Black & Gold last June. "I’m just so happy right now."

Clearly, the B's were happy to see him available when their turn came in the draft's first round.

"He’s obviously a really good goalie," said Boston General Manager Peter Chiarelli after the Bruins first selection in Pittsburgh. "A tremendous athlete, [he has an] incredible leg thrust post to post, and he’s a real good kid — solid character.

"We had him high — but happy to get him."

Wayne Smith, Bruins Director of Amateur Scouting, echoed those sentiments as he assessed the entire B's 2012 draft docket.

"You know, certainly Malcolm Subban would be the biggest surprise," said Smith. "His upside is so high, and the quality of kid and the person he is is tremendous.

"Any time you can obtain an asset like that it’s very exciting."

A 6-foot-1, 188-pound goaltender from Rexdale, Ontario, Subban, who is currently in training camp with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League, spent the 2011-12 season with the Bulls and posted a 2.50 goals-against average and .923 save percentage off a 25-14 record with three shutouts in 39 games.

Subban, 18 (and ineligible to play this season for the AHL's Providence Bruins), played for Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team during the 2011 IIHF World-Under 18 Championship in Germany, attended Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence goaltending camp in Calgary, AB., and this summer helped lead Team Canada to a victory over Russia in the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge (with stellar performances in net for Canada's two wins and the series-clinching overtime period).

"I think it’s pretty much as advertised — the athleticism and the competitiveness," said B's Assistant GM Don Sweeney after Boston's midsummer Development Camp.

"He’s a hybrid," explained the former Bruins defenseman in assessment of

Subban's style. "He's very, very competitive — searches for pucks in traffic, is big and strong.

"He’s a big kid. His lateral speed is tremendous.

"He’s an exciting prospect," added Sweeney.

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