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The Surprising Selection of Malcolm Subban: Fan's Take

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As a Boston Bruins fan, I had to wait a little longer this year for the team to make its first selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Waiting until selection number 24 meant that, by the time general manager Peter Chiarelli and the rest of the Bruins representatives took the podium, things had already calmed down considerably after the bombshell trade of Jordan Staal from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Carolina Hurricanes, where he will be captained by his older brother Eric Staal. But there was time for one more big first-round surprise and it came when Chiarelli announced the selection of Malcolm Subban.

Honestly, my immediate reaction was amused laughter. Chiarelli had just selected the younger brother of P.K. Subban from the Montreal Canadiens, the Bruins' biggest rivals, literally making the Boston-Montreal rivalry a family affair. But once I was done laughing and saw the way the two siblings embraced before the younger Subban went up to get his new hat and jersey, I knew Chiarelli made a good choice and one that also transcends the rivalry. In fact, when explaining his pick to the media, Chiarelli even said that he liked P.K. as a player, and the elder Subban sounded like he was proud of his brother regardless of the logo on his hat.

Unlike his older brother, though, Malcolm is a goalie. He first suited up as a goalie at age 12 after his father stopped coaching him. He is currently with the Belleville Bulls in the Ontario Hockey League, where he had an impressive season, stringing together a 25-14-0 record with three shutouts. Though he started the season with an ankle injury that caused him to miss all of October, he rebounded to win Goaltender of the Week honors (twice) and Goaltender of the Month for November. He was also voted the best shootout goalie in a poll of coaches from the OHL's Eastern Conference because of his perfect 12 stopped shots and 3-0 record in the shootout. While putting together this season's record, he was also being noticed by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, which ranked him first in the preliminary, midseason and final rankings for goalies.

Plus, he comes from an athletic family. His mom and dad both played sports, as did his older sister, of course P.K. is with the Canadiens and then younger brother Jordan, a Belleville teammate, could be drafted next year.

It will most likely be a while before Subban suits up for Boston. In making his selection, Chiarelli knew that sometimes goalies take time to develop, but he praised Subban's foundation. To him, he is a top player who fills a need in the system. But, I personally expect him to mind the net for the Bruins someday. After all, he said himself that he wants to crack the lineup sometime. I know it would be a lot of fun to watch a Subban sibling rivalry as part of an even bigger rivalry.

Emma Harger is a Boston Bruins fan who enjoys draft days and all the fun that comes with them.

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