The Boston Bruins drafted Bellville (OHL) goalie Malcolm Subban with the 24th pick overall in the 2012 NHL entry draft Friday, adding some spice to the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry. Subban is the younger brother of Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban.
"The rivalry is just about to begin," the 18-year-old Subban said. "I don’t know if he’s gonna like me too much, but to be honest, I never liked him that much."
Subban was 25-14-0 with a 2.50 GAA and .923 save percentage for Belleville in 2011-12. He is expected to be returned to Belleville next season.
"I'm just so happy just to get drafted," Subban told TSN immediately after being drafted. "I've worked so hard in the OHL just to get a shot and just to be here. I couldn't be happier right now. Yeah I've heard it (playing against his brother in the Bruins-Habs rivalry) a few times and I couldn't be more excited for that. I'm just going to work as hard as I can and hopefully be a part of that."
Even with Tim Thomas out of the picture, the Bruins seem set at goalie with 25-year-old Tuukka Rask expected to take over the No. 1 job. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli that the Subban pick was made with the future in mind.
“Tremendous athlete,’’ Chiarelli said at the draft in Pittsburgh. “Incredible leg thrust post to post. He’s a real good kid, solid character. This draft is more long-term. Goalies take a little bit longer to develop. Happy to get him. We had him high. We’re happy to get him.’’
Subban was the only goalie taken in the first round.
Longtime NHL scout Grant Sonier called Subban one of the best athletes among all draft-eligible players.