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2012 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Malcolm Subban

by Greg Fernandez / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins and CONSOL Energy Center will be hosting the 2012 NHL Draft on June 22nd and 23rd. In the days leading up to the event, will be putting the spotlight on some of the best and brightest draft-eligible prospects.

Position: Goalie
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 188 pounds
Catches: Left
Born: December 21, 1993
Hometown: Rexdale, ON
Born in: Toronto, ON, CAN
Played the 2011-12 season with: Belleville Bulls (Ontario Hockey League)

2009-10 BELLEVILLE OHL 1 0.00 0 1.00
2010-11 BELLEVILLE OHL 32 3.16 0 .900
2011-12 BELLEVILLE OHL 39 2.50 3 .923

NHL Central Scouting:
No. 1 among North American goalies
The Hockey News: No. 21
International Scouting Services: No. 2 among goalies
McKeen’s Hockey: No. 24
Red Line Report: No. 69
TSN: No. 8

NHL Comparison: Marc-Andre Fleury
NHL Potential: “If he stays healthy, he has the natural ability and competitive fire to be a starting goalie in the NHL.” – Grant McCagg, TSN

Growing up, when the Subban brothers would play hockey in the backyard, Malcolm somehow always end up between the pipes against his two siblings. Before making the switch to goaltender at age 12, Subban played defenseman like his brothers P.K. (older) and Jordan (younger). “I guess I started growing a passion for it when I was younger,” Subban said in an interview with NHL Central Scouting. The switch has paid dividends for the Toronto native as he heads into the draft as one of the top goaltending prospects for 2012. Winning the job last season over former Belleville Bulls first-round pick Tyson Teichmann, Subban won 25 games during an injury plagued 2011-12 campaign, ranking fourth in the Ontario Hockey League with a 2.50 goals-against average and tied for fifth with a .923 save-percentage. The agile netminder also represented Team Canada at the 2011 Under-18 World Championship, finishing the tournament with a 2.98 goals-against average and a .913 save-percentage.

“(Subban) is a natural athlete that moves swiftly and effortlessly in his crease thanks to his exceptional skating ability... His reverse movement is a great quality which enables him to come out to challenge shooters while matching them stride for stride to eliminate their angle. The manner in which he can recover and drop down into his butterfly makes him incredibly difficult to beat, especially down low because he offers little to shoot at … Subban has the ability to steal games, which is a rarity for any goalie.”
-McKeen’s Hockey

In 2010-11, Subban appeared in 32 games with the Belleville Bulls posting 10 wins (10-17-0) and finishing second among OHL rookie goaltenders with a 3.16 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage.

The starting goalie for the Mississauga Reps in Canada’s 2010 National Midget AAA Championship, Subban led his team to the championship game where he stopped 55 of 58 shots in a losing effort.

Subban started skating at 22 months and began playing hockey at age 3. He played defense until he was 12 before becoming a goaltender. One year after changing positions he was playing AAA in the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

He wears the number 30 in honor of his idol, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist -- "I remember watching him in the 2006 Winter Olympics when he won gold and I’ve idolized him ever since”.

The Subban’s are an athletic family: his father, Karl, was a basketball star at Lakehead University and is the school’s fifth leading scorer all-time; his mother, Maria, ran track in high school; and his oldest sister, Natassia, played basketball at York University, finishing her playing career in 2004 as the Ontario University Athletics all-time leading scorer in women’s basketball.

NHL team: New York Rangers
NHL player: Henrik Lundqvist
Goal celebration: Jaromir Jagr’s salute
Video game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Artist: Eminem and Drake
Movie: Fast Five
TV show: NHL on the Fly and TSN
Website: YouTube
Pump-up song: ‘Cinderella Man’ by Eminem

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