May 15, 2017
Former Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli invested the 24th overall pick of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in goaltender Malcolm Subban and five years later the organization and its fans are still waiting for a return on that investment.
Subban, 23, has been passed on the depth chart by Zane McIntyre, who is the top candidate to backup up Tuukka Rask next season. Subban appeared in 32 regular season games for the Providence Bruins this season going 11-14-2 with a 2.41 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.
In 127 career AHL games, Subban has a 2.40 GAA and a .918 save percentage which is not exactly what you’d want from a net minder selected as high as he was. However, it was his two starts in the NHL that has many concerned as he gave up six goals on 16 shots and was unable to make it out of the second period in both appearances.
“My two outings weren’t very good — they were terrible, to be honest,” Subban told Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe. “I am trying to prove to everyone here that I can play, that I deserve to play, and that I want to play in the NHL.”
Subban’s future with the Bruins organization is unclear at this time. He is set to become a restricted free agent this summer and is not expected to be protected for this June’s expansion draft.
“Boston is the team that drafted me, and obviously it’s the team I want to play for,” said Subban. “When a team uses a first-round pick on you, it’s a pretty big deal in terms of an investment. I feel I kind of owe it to them and to the fans to show what I can do.”