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Road to the NHL Draft: Jordan Subban

By John Vogl

Jordan Subban

Position: Defense

Junior team: Belleville (OHL)

Born: Rexdale, Ont.

Measurables: 5-foot-8, 170 pounds

2012-13 stats: 68 games, 15 goals, 36 assists, 51 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 55

Lowdown: Studying is one of Subban’s top traits. The principal’s son has earned academic honors while playing in the OHL. But studying tape of his brothers and taking notes while watching their games is what really has Subban in line to add to the family legacy. His brother P.K. is a star defenseman for Montreal and a finalist for the Norris Trophy. His brother Malcolm, a goaltender, was selected by Boston in the first round last year.

Jordan Subban doesn’t have the size of P.K., but he has a similar rocket from the point that knows how to find the net. It’s hard and very accurate. He’s a power-play quarterback with tremendous passing skills and the poise to make the right play. He was plus-22 this season after a minus-23 outing last year.

His height and weight are major issues. He can be pushed around down low. If he can’t add pounds to his frame, he won’t make it in front of the net in the NHL.

He said it: "We both like to play emotional and compete very hard. He’s a little bit bigger than me, so I think I try to play a little bit more smarter and just use my stick well, where he can get away with using his strength and big body.” – Subban on comparisons to his brother P.K.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft June 30.


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John Vogl

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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