I’m beginning my 2013 NHL Draft Preview series with a guy from a pretty well-known family. The Belleville Bulls’ Jordan Subban.
Jordan Subban is a 5’9 155lb Canadian defenseman from Rexdale, Ontario who currently plays for the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League. Subban is the youngest of the Subban brothers as his brothers P.K. and Malcolm were drafted by the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins, respectively. Jordan Subban played for the Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget AAA team where he recorded 64 points (21-43) in 68 games which led to him being drafted 5th overall by the Bulls in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection. In his first season with the Bulls, Subban notched just 20 points (5-15) in 55 games as well as a brutal -23 rating. However, it was a huge turnaround for the youngest Subban the following season. In his second OHL season, Subban racked up 51 points (15-36) in 68 games as well as a drastic improvement with his +/- rating as it jumped to +22. He currently has 5 points (2-3) in 17 playoff games for the Bulls.
Jordan Subban is a very, very talented offensive defenseman. He is fantastic on the power play and has blazing speed. Subban is so gifted on offense. He has a terrific wrist shot to go along with a very good slap shot. His passing is just as good (if not better) than his shooting. He shows poise and composure when he has the puck on his stick and has a passion for the game. He has a tremendous work ethic and is committed to getting better and bigger. Subban also is steady in his own zone.
The biggest thing holding back this Subban from being a high round selection in the NHL is that Jordan Subban is undersized. Not only is he shorter than what scouts would like, he also needs to add weight to be able to make an impact right away. While he is steady in his own end, Subban could work on his defensive game and try to not do too much.
Projected draft round:
Due to his size, I have Subban as a early 4th-late 3rd round selection. However, if Subban can add weight, he will soar up draft boards.
I’m not going to be “that guy” and compare Jordan Subban to P.K. Subban (although there are similarities). I would compare Jordan Subban to a very raw Kris Letang with a much higher upside.
As I’ve said, if Subban can add weight, he will be a star. So, if he does add weight, he’ll be a top pairing defenseman and power play quarterback. If he does not, I don’t think he’ll be much more than a offensive specialist in the AHL.
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