Unlike the NFL or NBA draft, many fans won’t be familiar with the name they hear when their team make a pick. It’s safe to say that every Bruins fan knew the name well when Boston chose 24th overall Friday night.
The Bruins opted for goaltender Malcolm Subban, brother of Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, in the first round to the surprise of many. The pick means that the Bruins and Canadiens could have brothers starring on each side of the rivalry down the road, but that’s all years away.
‘We draft on best player available, fit, need and then rivalries,’ Peter Chiarelli said with a laugh when asked about the pick. ‘That was on top for this one.’
While fans’ initial reactions may have been to the fact that the Bruins drafted a Subban, the far more intriguing aspect is that they drafted such a highly rated goalie. The organization could have stood to add another netminder in this year’s draft, but adding Subban immediately makes him Boston’s brightest goaltending prospect.
Like many goaltenders in their draft years, Subban is years away from being NHL ready. Zane Gothberg and Lars Volden, who were sixth round picks of the team in 2010 and 2011, respectively, are similarly far off from having an impact at the NHL level.
Last season while playing for Bellville (OHL), Subban had a 2.50 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. He stands at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds and was the second goalie off the board this year behind Russian goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy, whom the Lightning chose 19th overall.
In addition to NHL netminders Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin, the Bruins also have Niklas Svedberg, Adam Courchaine, Michael Hutchinson and Adam Morrison under contract. Gothberg is expected to attend the University of North Dakota in the fall, while Volden is playing in the SM-liiga in Finland.
Here are some more thoughts following the 2012 NHL draft.
IS IT CARON’S TIME?
Perhaps the happiest member of the Bruins this draft weekend was their 2009 first-round pick in Jordan Caron. By dealing away restricted free agent Benoit Pouliot‘s rights to the Lightning, the Bruins opened up a spot for Caron to potentially step in and stay in the lineup for good.
Free agency and the trade market can change that, of course, as the Bruins could bring in a veteran forward (something Chiarelli has said he’d like to do), but Caron’s emergence down the stretch last season indicated he’s finally ready for a full NHL season. The Bruins would be wise to give him that opportunity. (more…)