Malcolm Subban will make his much anticipated roster debut for the Boston Bruins tonight when they take on the Los Angeles Kings. Boston recalled Subban yesterday as they sent Niklas Svedberg to their AHL affiliate Providence.
Svedberg has not played since January 8th when he shut out the New Jersey Devils. The team says it is a conditioning stint for Svedberg since he hasn’t been playing.
Subban was the 24th overall pick in 2012 to the Bruins and the 21 year old has had a solid season in Providence. He has a GAA of 2.47 and won the AHL player of the week for January 19-25 by putting up a mark of 0.99. He should get a chance to play soon, as the Bruins have a stint of three games in four nights starting February 7th.
Head coach Claude Julien says this was more of a chance to get Svedberg more playing time, since Tuukka Rask will be starting games in the forseeable future. He will get the start against the Kings and it’s hard to see him sitting against the Rangers, Islanders, or Canadiens.
Boston has a west coast trip at Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, St. Louis, and Chicago coming in February. This could be an opportunity for Svedberg to be recalled by then.
If Subban is still on the roster for the Montreal game he faces his brother PK on the Canadiens.