September 6, 2012

Bruins sign Subban to entry-level deal

By Jesse Connolly

Malcolm Subban, selected 24th overall by the Bruins at this year’s draft, has been signed to a three-year, entry-level contract.

A 6-foot-1 netminder from Rexdale, Ontario, Subban will enter his third full season with the OHL’s Belleville Bulls in 2012-13. This past season, he went 25-14-0 with an impressive .923 save percentage and six shutouts. During the regular season, he went undefeated in three shootouts, stopping all 12 shots he faced.

Heading into the 2012 draft, Subban was the top-ranked, North American goaltender according to Central Scouting.

Subban has also done well in international play. At the 2011 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Germany, he helped Canada finish fourth, going 3-2 with a 2.98 goals-against average. Most recently, he helped Team Canada defeat Russia in the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge.

Subban, of course, is the young brother of Canadiens d-man P.K. Subban. P.K., 23, has 76 points in 160 NHL games. The elder Subban also played for the Belleville Bulls during his junior days from 2005-09. The Habs young blueliner is currently a restricted free agent.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.