Jordan Subban

Darren Walker

Subban is a skilled offensive minded puck moving blueliner. He skates with a smooth stride that generates good speeds, solid first step burst and is able to make quick lateral cuts. He always keeps his feet moving and is able to weave in and out of traffic effortlessly. He’s smart, reads the play well and has a very good shot for his size as he can unload a slapper from the point that is on net or walk in and wire a wrister top shelf. He is creative with the puck and able to carry it through all zones. He is competitive and willing to play physical where he can. A high risk, high reward type of player who isn’t shy to pinch in from the point and creates good offensive chances by doing so but on the same token will cause some odd-man situations. His defensive game is still a work in progress but has shown steady improvement with his positioning and gap control. He still gets outmuscled even at the major junior level. The biggest question is obviously to do with his size or lack thereof. Will he gain enough strength giving him the ability to defend against larger opponents, becoming a solid five-on-five player or is he destined to be a cast only as that power play specialist at the next level? Subban has similar upside to that of his brother PK, a defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens. (May 2013)