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According to a report from DJ Bean of WEEI.com’s Big Bad Blog, Boston Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney said after the beginning of the team’s development camp on Wednesday that goaltender Malcolm Subban is expected to go pro this coming season.
The 19-year-old was a first round pick of the Bruins in last year’s NHL Draft, and according to the report will play in the AHL with the Providence Bruins for a couple of seasons before being considered for a starting role with the parent club.
He has spent the last few campaigns playing for the Ontario Hockey League’s Bellevile Bulls and had a career year last season. In 46 games, he went 29-11-4 and tallied a 2.14 goals against average. More specifically, he allowed only 96 goals, which were the fewest in the league. In addition, he also posted a .933 save percentage and five shutouts, earning the position of the top goalie in the league.
In the playoffs, he was a force as well, leading all goaltenders with a 2.00 goals against average and recording three shutouts. His 11 wins during playoff action put him third in that category behind Anthony Stolarz of the London Knights (13) and Mathias Niederberger of the Barrie Colts (15).
It will be interesting to see what he will bring to the table in the AHL. He certainly shows a lot of potential and it seems as if it is only a matter of time before he puts on the Boston sweater.