It can never be easy being one of the youngest, especially when your two older brothers have already been drafted into the NHL and one of them plays for the Montreal Canadiens and just won a Norris Trophy for being the NHL’s most outstanding defenceman. However, Jordan Subban, the younger brother to P.K. and Malcolm Subban, is already writing his own impressive story in the NHL.
The Vancouver Canucks picked Jordan 115th overall in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Draft. A native of Rexdale, Ontario, Subban is a defender known more for his offensive instincts than his size. He is small at 5’9″ and 177lbs, however his numbers are anything but. He just finished his second season with the OHL’s Belleville Bulls with 15 goals and 36 assists – 51 points – in 68 games, more than double the 20 points he had in his rookie season. His 51 points also made him sixth amongst OHL defencemen.
The list of accolades and impressive point totals goes on and on. Jordan won an OHL Cup title with the Minor Midget Toronto Marlboros, playing a large role with 64 points in 68 games. He has been recognized within the OHL for his academic capabilities and was named the second best offensive defenceman in the OHL’s Eastern Conference in 2013 by the Eastern Conference Coaches Poll. His oldest brother, P.K., has done nothing but praise him.
“Jordan plays more of a cerebral type of game and is more of a thinker and I play off my instincts and try to do a little bit of everything,” P.K. Subban told NHL.com. “I think Jordan’s skill level is much higher than mine. I’m on the ice with him every day during the summer doing skill stuff, and he’s the one demonstrating the drill.
“He kind of wants to do more than what I’ve achieved, so he’s a special individual and a lot different than I am,” P.K. continued. “He will be an amazing player, and I think that a lot of people might look past him, but they’re going to be surprised in the near future how good he is because I really do think he has a lot more potential than both myself and Malcolm… Put it this way: There are seven people in our family, and if there are six slices of pizza on the table, Jordan’s getting one. He’s that type of kid, and he has that type character.”
Many are saying that Jordan is playing better than P.K. was at his age. This past season he became the first Belleville Bulls defenceman in over 15 years to score a hat-trick during a 7-5 win over Sudbury in February. He also finished the season with a plus-22 rating, after a dismal minus-23 rating in 2012, proof that he has worked to improve his defensive capabilities. Now, the Vancouver Canucks will be benefiting from both his offensive and defensive capabilities and his ability to make high quality plays at top speed.
“”Obviously I was hoping to go a little bit earlier, but it doesn’t matter how long you wait. I’ve waited 18 years for this day,” Jordan told NHL.com. “I’m just ecstatic that I’ve been given this opportunity to be part of an NHL organization. Being a Canadian team is the cherry on top.”
Jordan already has experience playing with fellow Canucks prospects Brendan Gaunce, Bo Horvat and Cole Cassels.
“I’ve known Bo since we were playing peewee hockey. And Cole, I played under-17 with him. So a couple of familiar faces,” Jordan said. “[Gaunce] is our captain, so I’m sure I’ll talk to him soon and just pick his brain about what to expect coming into camp.”
The Canucks have been lacking a strong defensive prospect, but now have four new 0nes, as defencemen Anton Cederholm, Mike Williamson and Miles Liberati were also drafted alongside Jordan Subban. Ever since he strapped the skates on at two years old, Jordan has been competing with and against his two older brothers, something that has enriched his learning process and his strengths rather than prohibit them.
“They both do certain things well, but the one thing they share is the drive that they have,” Karl Subban told The Hockey News of his sons Jordan and P.K.. “Jordan has the same passion P.K. has and I think that’s one thing that will serve him well in the future.”