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Whirlwind Few Days Lands Malcolm Subban With Golden Knights

The goalie was claimed off waivers from the Boston Bruins on Wednesday

by Gary Lawless @GoldenKnights /

The mystery of Malcolm Subban has yet to be unwound. He's a talent with enormous upside but to date he's been unable to find the formula which will result in productive results at the pro level.

If the Vegas Golden Knights can unlock Subban and help him reach his potential - he'll be a waiver wire steal.

Golden Knights GM George McPhee watched his goalie coach David Pryor turn Olaf Kolzig from a 27-year-old failure into one of the NHL's best goalies when the trio were members of the Washington Capitals organization.

When Subban hit the waiver wire earlier this week - McPhee must have wondered if Pryor couldn't re-create the magic and convert Subban from a first round pick miss into a No. 1 NHL goalie.

"If we can get him to adjust to the way we think he should play and if he's coachable," McPhee said, "we think we could have a good one, which is why we made the move."

For Devan Dubnyk, it took bouncing from Edmonton to Montreal to Nashville to Arizona where he ran into goalie whisperer Sean Burke and began to figure out the secrets which have led to an incredible run in Minnesota. 

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Subban is fast in the net and has all the building blocks required to be a top end stopper. To date, he hasn't been able to put them all together.

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"I think that I underestimate my size a little bit," said Subban, 6-2. "I can use it more to my advantage to move around less and be more stationary, a little more quiet."

Subban's AHL save percentage has hovered around .920 over parts of four seasons which is a positive sign.

Claiming Subban off waivers from the Boston Bruins gave McPhee three goalies on his NHL roster and forced him into moving Calvin Pickard. Pickard was placed on waivers on Thursday. If he clears, McPhee could assign him to the AHL's Chicago Wolves. Clearing waivers, however, would make Pickard easier to trade as another organization wouldn't have to immediately put him on their NHL roster. Pickard is an NHL goalie and belongs on a big league roster. But teams might not have room for him today. Having cleared waivers, they could store him in the AHL until they can make the requisite roster room.

Such a deal would leave McPhee with Subban and whatever he could pick up in a deal involving Pickard.

If Pickard is claimed, McPhee will in essence have traded him for Subban.

Now it's up to Pryor and Subban. They must determine what tweaks in the goalie's technique must be made.

If Vegas can develop Subban in the shadow of Marc-Andre Fleury they'll be in the situation every NHL team wants. They'll have Mr. Right Now and The Guy in Waiting.

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