By: Andrew Thompson Twitter: @godwentwhoops
When the Boston Bruins selected Malcolm Subban in the first round of the 2012 Draft, tounges wagged furiously. Malcolm, the younger brother of then Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban would have brought another dimension to the century-old rivalry between Boston and Montreal.
Times change though. P.K. Subban headed out to Nashville, and now Malcolm is heading to Las Vegas. The Golden Knights picked up the younger Subban off the waiver wire earlier today. The 23-year old Subban struggled in the few times he played at the NHL level.
The 23-year old Subban struggled in the few times he played at the NHL level.
Subban has spent the last few seasons in Providence, where he has alternated with the starting job in net. He had decent seasons in 2014 and 2015 and was expected to start this season as the number one netminder for the Bruins AHL franchise.
There are several takeaways from this:
Once again, the Boston Bruins wasted a first-round pick. The B’s have had rotten luck with their first round picks over the years. Joe Thornton, Tyler Seguin, Phil Kessel, Jordan Caron… the list goes on.
Subban took just a little too long to develop. Even now, he’s considered a very streaky goaltender. He’d have very strong periods of play followed by letting in multiple easy goals. It was frustrating for the fans (and certainly for the B’s front office) who often wondered why the B’s couldn’t find a way to package Subban with other players (like Ryan Spooner) in a trade deal with another team.
With Subban heading out to Vegas, this changes the dynamic for the Boston Bruins organization. On the NHL level, Anton Khudobin is secure in the number two job in Boston. It’s likely that Khudobin could get another one or two year contract to stay as Tuukka Rask’s backup. Zane McIntyre will now be the P-Bruins number one goaltender, and the odds of Daniel Vladar seeing some AHL time (maybe even an NHL game) has increased by an order of magnitude.
Good luck Malcolm Subban. The big club barely knew you.