|Malcolm Subban using rookie tournament to prepare for bigger role in Providence||09.13.14 at 6:20 pm ET|
ANTIOCH, Tenn. — Malcolm Subban is far from being the oldest Bruin at this week’s rookie tournament, but with more professional experience (one year) than most in attendance, the 20-year-old is practically a seasoned vet compared to his fellow Bruins prospects.
Not counting those who had cups of coffee in Providence late last season, Subban is one of six players in attendance who spent the 2013-14 season playing for Boston’s AHL affiliate. Splitting time with Niklas Svedberg, he went 15-10-5 in the regular season with a .920 save percentage and 2.31 goals-against average and figures to be Providence’s clear-cut starter this season, with Svedberg likely to back up Tuukka Rask in Boston this season.
Before any of that, however, he’ll get the full rookie camp treatment as he takes part in the tournament with fellow goaltender Adam Morrison. Bruins goaltending coach Bob Essensa is on the trip to work with both goaltenders as Subban prepares for veteran camp.
Considering how long it takes goaltenders to develop, the Bruins are wise to give him as much work as he can get.
“Malcolm’s a young goaltender and [last year] was his first year pro,” Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney said after Saturday’s game. ‘For us, I think it was important for him to be ere and play as much as he can, and to continue. Bob’s here to work with him, as he is with Adam. I think this is a very comfortable situation for him to be in.”
Subban got the start Saturday in the first game of the tournament and allowed both goals in a 2-0 loss to the Panthers. After facing just three shots in the first period, Subban was beaten on a wrist shot from Panthers forward Steven Hodges on Florida’s fourth shot of the game and later allowed a power play goal in which former Bruins prospect Cody Payne buried a loose puck in front.
Different goalies feel differently about long stretches of inactivity during games. Some like that it brings no chance of a goal scored, while others find it tough to stay in the game when they’re not facing shots. Subban seemed to put himself in the latter category.
“It’s pretty tough, especially the first game. You haven’t really gotten a feel for anything, so I’m just trying to feel the puck and I guess that was the result in the first two goals they got,” he said. “In the third period, I felt a lot better when I got into the game a bit more and finally felt a little more comfortable, but by the time that happened the game was pretty much over.”
Though not happy with the result Saturday, Subban seems to be embracing the opportunity to get game experience in an exhibition setting as he readies himself for the big camp.
“It’s good to be around guys your age and stuff and see the young talent in the organization,” Subban said. ‘Obviously I still have a lot of developing to do; I’m only 20, so I’ll just keep trying to develop right now and play with other guys my age and just go from there.”
The free trip to Nashville doesn’t hurt, either. Bringing Subban to the tournament gives the second-year pro an opportunity to be with players his age before he skates with a mix of youngsters and veterans in the coming season.
Plus, it lets him shake off whatever rust he may be carrying back from the offseason.
“I was there last year and had a pretty good year here in the AHL last year, so I feel like this wouldn’t really represent what I can do,” he said. “Obviously you still want to play well here; it’s obviously a tournament they have to get you ready for camp and whatnot and show what you have so far. I’m looking forward to playing well. I’m not here just to slack off.”
|Bruins announce development camp roster||07.03.14 at 12:33 pm ET|
The Bruins announced their roster for their development camp Thursday. The camp will take place from July 9 to July 13 at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.
Among the players set to attend the development camp are recent draft picks David Pastrnak and Ryan Donato, as well as 2012 first-rounder Malcolm Subban.
The roster is as follows:
Forwards: Cole Bardreau, Kyle Baun, Anders Bjork, Anton Blidh, Peter Cehlarik, Mitchell Dempsey, Michael Doherty, Ryan Donato, Ryan Fitzgerald, Alex Globke, Colton Hargrove, Simon Norberg, David Pastrnak.
Defensemen: Linus Arnesson, Matt Benning, Matt Grzelcyk, Emil Johansson, Rob O’ Gara, Wiley Sherman, Billy Sweezey, Oleg Yevenko.
Goaltenders: Zane Gothberg, Malcolm Subban.
Of the players attending, Bardreau, Baun, Doherty, Globke, Norberg, Sweezy and Yevenko will attend the camp on an invite basis.
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|Bruins sign Niklas Svedberg to one-way contract, making Chad Johnson return unlikely||06.23.14 at 6:30 pm ET|
The Bruins signed goaltender Niklas Svedberg to a one-year, one-way contract worth $600,000, positioning Svedberg to be Tuukka Rask‘s backup and likely signaling the end of Chad Johnson‘s time with the team.
Svedberg, who has been with the Bruins for the last two seasons, has spent nearly his entire time with the organization playing for Providence. He won the Aldege ‘Baz’ Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s top goalie in the 2012-13 season, posting a .925 save percentage and 2.17 goals-against average.
Johnson played last season on the same terms as Svedberg will get next season, and his performance as Rask’s backup made him a good candidate to get more money and playing time elsewhere, much like Anton Khudobin did last offseason.
With Svedberg a safe bet to be in Boston next season, 2012 first-round pick Malcolm Subban is in line to become Providence’s starting goaltender.
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|Video: Malcolm Subban gets in goalie fight||11.10.13 at 6:32 pm ET|
Here’s a fan video of Providence Bruins goalie Malcolm Subban‘s first professional fight. Subban dropped the gloves against Scott Stajcer in a 6-0 win over Hartford on Sunday.
Reviewing the week that was in Bruins land.
This week packed a punch. From Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley to Tim Thomas (kind of) and then Phil Kessel, it was reunion week at TD Garden. The Bruins won two of the three games and now stand at 10-5-1 with 21 points on the season. They trail the Lightning (24 points in 16 games) and will take them on Monday.
Seguin came back to Boston. We spoke at length with Peter Chiarelli about Seguin’s time here and the trade
Loui Eriksson returned to the lineup, as did Johnny Boychuk
Peverley came back too, and he beat the Bruins in a shootout
People booed the bejesus out of Seguin. Why?
Claude Julien corrected record about Tim Thomas winning the Bruins a Stanley Cup
Brad Marchand finally scored as the Bruins beat the Panthers, who fired everyone after because the Panthers stink
Tuukka Rask admitted that the consequences of him not being at his best are greater with the B’s a work in progress defensively
The third line the Bruins had planned on having in the preseason finally got together and did well
Panthers forward Jesse Winchester left his feet to elbow Chris Kelly in the head and was suspended three games for it
Scott McLaughlin gave his argument against fighting in the NHL and noted hits like Winchester’s need to be a priority
The Bruins beat the Maple Leafs, but with far less drama than last time
Adam McQuaid was hurt in the win and is unlikely to play Monday
As such, the Bruins will likely have three mobile defensemen in their lineup against the Lightning
IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR’¦
Carl Soderberg: The 28-year-old his playing the best hockey of his brief NHL career. It’s been a combination of him being more comfortable in the league and his ankle not bothering him as much as it did when he first returned. He has points in two of his last three games.
Jarome Iginla: The 36-year-old was a beast Saturday against the Maple Leafs and has been — to this point, at least — a regular-season upgrade over Nathan Horton.
Milan Lucic: The former 30-goal-scorer-turned-seven-goal-scorer tied his goal output of the lockout-shortened season when he notched his seventh goal of the season Tuesday against the Stars. It took him 46 games to get to that number last season.
Torey Krug: The undersized and over-talented blueliner still has his uh-oh moments defensively, and he’s going to have them. He’s also going to have weeks like this one, where he had goals in consecutive games.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR’¦
Brad Marchand: He isn’t out of the woods yet. Despite finally scoring his second goal of the season Thursday, he had a bad turnover in a following shift. He was also passive along the wall Saturday in allowing the Leafs to create a 2-on-1. Things are looking up, but it isn’t smooth sailing just yet.
Zdeno Chara (kind of): Only for Thursday. A bad line change with the Bruins holding a one-goal lead against the Stars against the Stars resulted in a Vernon Fiddler breakaway. Dennis Seidenberg had to hook him, resulting in a penalty shot on which Fiddler tied the game. The B’s lost in a shootout.
Gregory Campbell: The Merlot Line center has just one shot on goal over the last six games. His trio was also stuck in the Bruins’ zone for a while in the second period.
MEANWHILE, IN PROVIDENCE’¦
Matt Fraser had four goals Friday in an 8-5 win over Hartford that also featured a hat trick from Craig Cunningham. I wasn’t there and didn’t see it, but considering the lack of suspension, Fraser celebrated his goal differently than Joe Thornton would have.
Alexander Khokhlachev also scored in the game, giving him two goals in a three-game span after going without a goal in his first eight games of the season. With an assist Saturday and a goal Sunday, Khokhlachev seems to have found his rhythm after a quiet start.
Saturday’s 5-2 win over Worcester featured a pair of goals from Carter Camper, and last but not least, Malcolm Subban got in a fight in Sunday’s 6-0 Providence win over Hartford. Subban dropped the gloves against Hartford netminder Scott Stajcer for his first professional fight. His brother, P.K. Subban, has 11 career fights and a 12 in the preseason.
|Malcolm Subban to face P.K., Gregory Campbell out in preseason opener||09.16.13 at 12:35 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — All members of “Group B” with the exception of Gregory Campbell are expected play in Monday’s preseason opener against the Canadiens. Bruins coach Claude Julien said following Monday’s practice that Campbell, who has participated fully in training camp to this point after returning from a broken leg, is “close” to being able to play in games.
As for the goaltending situation, Julien said he plans to split Chad Johnson and Malcolm Subban “50-50.” That means that Subban will play against his brother, P.K. Subban for the first time ever competitively. Subban’s parents will be at the game, but the 19-year-old suppressed his excitement quite a bit when asked about it Monday.
“It will be pretty cool, obviously,” Subban said. “I’m not too worried about it, though. I’m just focused on the game.”
Here is the group of players going to Montreal:
Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Tommy Cross, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Zach Trotman, Ben Youds
Goaltenders: Chad Johnson, Malcolm Subban
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|Bruins announce rookie camp roster||08.30.13 at 1:34 pm ET|
The Bruins announced their roster for rookie camp, which is set to begin next Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena. It is as follows:
FORWARDS: Anthony Camara, Mitchell Dempsey, Campbell Elynuik, Alex Fallstrom, Justin Florek, Seth Griffith, Jayden Hart, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, Matthew Lindblad, Wayne Simpson, Ryan Spooner, Maxime Villemaire
DEFENSEMEN: Mickael Beauregard, Chris Casto, Alex Cord, Tommy Cross, Jesse Lees, Steven Spinell, Zach Trotman
GOALTENDERS: Adam Morrison, Malcolm Subban
Morrow, 20, figures to spend at least a year or two in the AHL before he figures to contend for a full-time job in Boston. Here’s what Peter Chiarelli said about him the day they acquired him:
“Still a young player, very strong skater, finding his way, but we have a lot of time for him and we think he can develop into a top four NHL defenseman with the right development.”
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