Malcolm Subban
Malcolm Subban
27-Year-Old GoalieG
Chicago Blackhawks
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Subban appeared in 21 games with the Golden Knights while serving as Marc-Andre Fleury's backup last season, posting a 9-7-3 record while registering a sub-par 3.17 GAA and .890 save percentage in 21 appearances. He was then included as part of the return in a trade with the Blackhawks that sent Robin Lehner to Vegas, but he didn't make any starts down the stretch for his new club, as Corey Crawford was thriving in a workhorse role at the time. Crawford joined the Devils as a free agent this offseason, so the Hawks' No. 1 netminder job will be there for the taking in 2020-21, but Subban will have to beat out Collin Delia and perhaps even Kevin Lankinen to secure the starting gig. Even if he's able to emerge as Chicago's go-to netminder, Subban's performance in the NHL has been iffy at best over the past three seasons, and he'd be playing behind a defense that allowed 35.1 shots on goal per game last campaign, worst in the NHL. Regardless of which Blackhawk netminder emerges as Crawford's successor, it's a situation most virtual managers can safely avoid on draft day. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $1.7 million contract with the Blackhawks in October of 2020.
Gets hook in Carolina
GChicago Blackhawks
May 3, 2021
Subban stopped 14 of 18 shots before being replaced by Collin Delia midway through the second period of Monday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes.
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The 27-year-old came out flat and dug a 4-0 hole for Chicago before the game was half over, forcing the goaltending change. Subban has coughed up eight goals in less than four periods of work over his last two appearances, and on the season he carries a 3.20 GAA and .900 save percentage.
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Playing second fiddle to all-world goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury typically makes for a well-rested Subban, who's best known for his athleticism and bloodline as the younger brother of three-time NHL All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban. Last season, Subban was deployed for only 20 starts and 21 total appearances, with his 8-10-2 record, 2.93 GAA and .902 save percentage failing to spark much interest in the fantasy realm. The former CHL standout simply doesn't have enough top-level experience to inspire confidence that he'd be able to graciously handle a large volume of work if an injury wilts the Flower in Vegas.
Subban was claimed off waivers by the Golden Knights in October and went on to post a 13-4-2 record with a .910 save percentage in a backup role behind starter Marc-Andre Fleury. Subban also dealt with an upper-body injury and was part of the team's wild goalie carousel that never seemed to end. It's clear Vegas has plenty of faith in Fleury as its starter, but 2018-19 will be important for Subban in establishing himself as a capable backup. The Golden Knights will likely regress in 2018-19, but as long as Subban stays healthy, he should see a decent amount of starts and build upon the 13 victories he posted in 2017-18.
A 2012 first-rounder, Subban is coming off a disappointing 2016-17 campaign in which he logged an 11-14-1 record with a 2.41 GAA and .917 save percentage in 32 regular-season outings with AHL Providence. At this stage of his career, Subban remains a work in progress as he continues to jostle for slotting on the Bruins’ organizational goaltending depth chart with fellow prospect Zane McIntyre. At the NHL level, Tuukka Rask is signed for the next four seasons, while veteran backup Anton Khudobin is under contract for one more campaign. It’s possible that Subban could supplant Khudobin with a stellar training-camp effort, but based on what transpired last season, McIntyre has probably jumped ahead of Subban in the pecking order.
Subban recorded a 14-8-5 record with a .911 save percentage and 2.46 GAA for AHL Providence last season prior to suffering a fractured larynx back on Feb. 8. He has since recovered from the scary injury and is in line to participate fully in training camp. In fact, he went so far as to say that at this stage he feels "like a tank." After the Bruins let Jonas Gustavsson walk in free agency, it looked like Subban might have a chance to secure the top backup role behind starter Tuukka Rask, but with the team having added veteran Anton Khudobin to the goaltending mix, it looks like the 22-year-old Subban will probably start the season at the AHL level, a scenario that would result in valuable ice time for the 2012 first-rounder.
With Tuukka Rask still in his prime, the Bruins have no reason to rush the 21-year-old Subban into a high-pressure NHL assignment. However, with last year’s top backup in Niklas Svedberg having left the organization, the No. 2 goalie spot behind Rask is wide open. Unless the team signs another veteran option, Subban’s competition on that front is slated to be Jeremy Smith, who is coming off a strong AHL campaign, and Zane McIntyre, who turned pro after a stellar 2014-15 season with the University of North Dakota, in which he captured the Mike Richter Award. With that in mind, unless Subban dazzles this preseason, he might be best served by another season of regular action at the AHL level, where he compiled a 2.44 GAA and .921 save percentage in 35 contests with Providence in 2014-15. For a little perspective, Smith posted a 2.05 GAA and a .933 save percentage in 39 games last year with Providence, while working in tandem with Subban. At the age of 26, Smith has an obvious edge in terms of experience, but Subban -- a 2012 first-rounder -- remains a top prospect with plenty of upside, and one who maintains high value in keeper formats. Rask is locked in for a while on a long-term deal, so there’s always the chance that the Bruins could move Subban in a trade down the road, but for the time being, the youngster is knocking on the door of the NHL and poised to mount a challenge to stick with the big club to start the coming season.
With Chad Johnson having signed with the Islanders, Niklas Svedberg has the edge in claiming the job as Tuukka Rask's top backup in 2014-15. In such a scenario, Subban has a chance to see plenty of action this coming season as Providence's top netminder. In his first campaign as a pro, Subban put together a 15-10-5 record, 2.31 GAA and .920 save percentage in 33 games for Providence while working in tandem with Svedberg, who appeared in 45 AHL contests. With Rask in his prime, the Bruins have no reason to rush the 20-year-old Subban to the NHL, but the 2012 first-rounder remains a top prospect and maintains value in keeper formats.
The 19-year-old Subban is a long shot to stick with the big club, with an assignment with AHL Providence – where he'd likely be split time with either Niklas Svedberg or Chad Johnson – likely on tap for him. In what was likely his final junior season, Subban compiled a 29-11-4 record along with a 2.14 GAA and superb .934 save percentage (both OHL bests) for the Belleville Bulls, to go along with five shutouts. With Tuukka Rask around for the long haul though, Subban won't be rushed along, but the Bruins do believe that the 2012 first-rounder is ready to move on to the pro level, where he is likely to need at least a couple of seasons of minor league experience before graduating to the NHL.
Subban, who was drafted by the Bruins with the 24th pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, is a few years away, but the B’s are delighted to have him on board as a potential high-upside franchise goalie. Subban needs work on his technique like most young goalies, but he is athletic and quietly confident, using his quickness and excellent flexibility to make acrobatic saves, while also bringing size, skill and good hockey sense to the table. He plays like a hybrid of Marc-Andre Fleury and Carey Price, but probably doesn’t have their elite skills in any of the same categories. But that doesn’t mean he won’t be a solid NHL – and fantasy – goalie. His career trajectory will be slow – his game needs work. But when he arrives, he should become an instant fan favorite.
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Gets nod against Hurricanes
GChicago Blackhawks
May 3, 2021
Subban will man the road crease Monday in Carolina, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Not starting after all
GChicago Blackhawks
May 1, 2021
Despite a previous report that suggested otherwise, Subban won't get the start in goal in Saturday's game versus Florida, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Facing Florida
GChicago Blackhawks
May 1, 2021
Subban is on track to start between the pipes in Saturday's home game versus the Panthers, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
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Charged with loss in relief outing
GChicago Blackhawks
April 27, 2021
Subban stopped 15 of 19 shots in relief of Kevin Lankinen in Tuesday's 7-4 loss to the Lightning.
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Takes home loss versus Preds
GChicago Blackhawks
April 23, 2021
Subban gave up three goals on 28 shots in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Predators.
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