Jordan Subban is the youngest of the three Subban brothers — and now, he’s the final drafted member of the rising Subban empire to get signed by the club that selected him.
The Vancouver Canucks confirmed on Thursday morning that the 20 year old blue liner, taken in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, has been signed to an entry level contract moving forward. He’ll likely get a chance to skate with the team’s AHL affiliate for at least a year, but could be in the NHL lineup by the time he’s due to an extension.
Serving as the second defensive bookend to netminding brother Malcolm, Jordan Subban is following in his oldest brother’s footsteps and hoping to join a top-ranked defensive corps.
Like P.K., Jordan is an offensive blue liner. Putting up nearly a point per game with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL, the youngest Subban hit a personal scoring record in his final CHL season with twenty-five goals and fifty-two points in sixty-three games. His points production this season put him at the top of his class, leading the Bulls in all three scoring categories while refusing to back down from physical confrontation.
He’s got the prototypical limitations that many short skaters have, particularly when they’re still developing. Standing at only 5 foot 9 and 177 lbs, he’s an undersized skater even at the major juniors level — and it makes him reckless at times, easy to goad into a penalty and quick to try and prove himself against bigger competition. Coyotes fans have watched 2013 first round pick Max Domi struggle with this over the years, as well — and it’s something that likely dropped Subban’s draft stock, despite his solid skating and fearless shooting ability.
The dynamic personality that serves his oldest brother on the ice, though, could be Jordan Subban’s biggest asset as well.
While he still has trouble shutting down offensive rushes in his own zone — something that was highlighted particularly strongly on a less-than-impressive Belleville roster this season — Subban isn’t afraid to push back against bigger, tougher competition. He’s got a lower center of gravity than most skaters just due to his height and build, which serves him well — and he’s shown a willingness to adapt his game to a style that will best fit the rest of the players he’s on the ice with. A lot of offensive blue line stars have trouble listening to coaches telling them when to hold back, but Subban has shown a flexibility that may be a benefit for the club moving forward.
Vancouver signed Subban in enough time to retain his rights, as he would have become a free agent this summer.