Friday, January 21, 2011

Who Is: Malcolm Subban

For the Belleville Bulls of the OHL, the '10-'11 season was supposed to be Tyson Teichmann's chance to shine. Teichmann was seen as the OHL's top goaltending prospect for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and was the start for Team Canada at last summer's Ivan Hlinka tournament. However, things haven't exactly went according to plan.

When given the opportunity to play, Malcolm Subban has vastly outplayed his elder, Teichmann. In fact, Subban has played well enough this season to spark the topic of a goaltending controversy in which he would usurp Teichmann and take over the starting role.
Teichmann: 27 GP, 7 W, 4.25 GAA, 0.883 SV%
Subban: 17 GP, 5 W, 2.77 GAA, 0.912 SV%
Subban's spectacular play has not surprised me at all: I was expecting big things after watching him dominate last year's Telus Cup final. Subban was the heart and soul of the Mississauga Reps during the gold medal game, stopping 55 of 58 shots in a losing effort against the Notre Dame Hounds.

Since Subban is a late-'93 born player, he has more than a calendar year to prove his worth as a top goaltending prospect. As a Bulls supporter, OHL fan and hockey advocate in general, I would absolutely love to see Malcolm given the chance to take over the goaltending reigns and shine in Belleville much like his older brother, P.K., did.

Oh, by the way, there's a third Subban - Jordan, a '95-born defenceman.

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