Jordan Subban must have had enough of seeing the more seasoned Belleville Bulls defenceman rack up the apples during the playoffs, so the 18-year-old brother of Montreal Canadiens star defenceman P.K. Subban took matters into his own hands to score a sweet goal on Sunday in the OHL playoffs.
The younger defence-playing Subban brought Belleville Bulls fans out of their seats — not unlike P.K. used to do, don't worry, no one else thought of that — with a highlight-reel effort for the game's opening goal. Entering the offensive zone with speed, Jordan Subban took a pass with the puck on its edge, protected it from the Sudbury Wolves checkers and went top cheddar on goalie Franky Palazzese.
The Bulls went on to a 4-1 win and 2-0 series lead over Sudbury in the Eastern Conference semifinal series. Belleville, which of course has Boston Bruins prospect Malcolm Subban in goal, has been playing more of a shutdown system which counts more on its older, more stay-at-home defenceman such as Buffalo Sabres draft choice Brady Austin and overages Jake Cardwell and Stephen Silas, who each have more points so far in the playoffs than Subban.
However, moments such as that show that Subban, whose 51 points in the regular season were second-best among sophomore defencemen in the OHL, has the potential to do. It's always tough to gauge when NHL teams will chance a draft pick on a small, speedy skilled defenceman, but in the short run, he is fun to watch.
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