The rankings for North American players in the 2012 draft eligibility class came out today, and Montreal Canadiens’ P.K. Subban’s brother, Malcolm Subban, remains top of the list of goalies.
Malcolm is in his third year of the Ontario Hockey League with the Belleville Bulls, who is posting a 13-6 record with a 1.93 goals against average.
“He’s got phenomenal quickness, athleticism and flexibility,” Central Scouting’s Al Jensen told NHL.com. “He’s aggressive and consistent. He can make the big save to either hold his team in the game or to keep the lead. He’s very confident and smart at reading plays developing in front of him. … He’s very strong in the net, has strong leg push-offs when challenging shooters or when moving quick laterally,” Jensen said. “He has very good upside and has the chance to be a quality No. 1 goalie in the NHL someday.”
Other top mentions in the rankings, which can be viewed here, are Matthew Murray of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL), Brandon Whitney of the Victoriaville Tigers (QMJHL), Jon Gillies of the Indiana Ice (USHL) and Jake Peterson of the Saginaw Spirit (OHL).
As far as which goalie actually gets drafted first, expect Gillies to make a splash and go earlier than expected. He’s about 6 feet, 5 inches, and is having a brilliant season with a record of 17-5-4 in net for the Ice. He’s posting a 2.26 goals against average.
As far as who ultimately gets picked first in this pack, we’ll just have to wait for the excitement that is the NHL Entry Draft.
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