Instant analysis: B's pick Malcolm Subban

June, 23, 2012
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Longtime NHL scout Grant Sonier is contributing to ESPN Insider's NHL draft coverage, and here's what he has to say about Malcolm Subban, whom the Bruins selected with the 24th pick of the first round:

We tried to make the point in our mock draft that just because a franchise has its franchise netminder in the fold, it won't be deterred from taking a goalie. Well, here we see a great case of it. With Tim Thomas likely out the door in some way, shape or form, the B's still had Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin. However, the B's snag Subban for the future, and it's a solid pick.

Subban is one of the best athletes, not just among goalies, but among all draft-eligible players. He has impressive numbers (.923 save percentage) and has been the starter for two seasons now in Belleville. And he didn't even start playing in the crease until he was 12, which speaks to his upside.

He's one of the goaltenders on the radar for Canada in the World Junior Championships.

His no-quit attitude will lead to many second and third saves. And, with his brother P.K. suiting up for Habs, I'm sure it will also make for some lively debate in the Subban household whenever rivals Boston and Montreal clash.


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