success in the OHL didn’t translate into success at the AHL level

Yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Jordan Subban to a one year, two way contract.

Subban, a Toronto native, is the brother of P.K. Subban Curtis McElhinney Jersey, defenseman for the Nashville Predators and Malcolm Subban, goaltender for the Vegas Golden Knights. Unfortunately, he is not a top prospect. J. Subban is a 23 year old former 4th round pick, and this signing is likely more significant for who he is related to than for what he’ll accomplish as a Leaf.

Just like his two brothers, Subban ended up playing junior hockey for the former OHL team, the Belleville Bulls. In 253 games played with the Bulls, he posted 57 goals and 108 assists.

His success in Belleville caught the attention of the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks were impressed by Subban’s skill set and decided to draft him in the fourth round of the 2013 Entry Draft.

Unfortunately for Subban, his success in the OHL didn’t translate into success at the AHL level. He played in 148 games for the Canucks’ AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets. During his time in Utica, Subban registered 27 goals and 50 assists. In December of last year, the Canucks saw enough and decided to trade him to the Los Angeles Kings. In exchange, the Canucks received Nic Dowd. Similarly to Subban, Dowd also signed with a new club yesterday. The Stanley Cup champions, the Washington Capitals decided to offer him a contract.

The trade to Los Angeles didn’t spark a revival in his game. After the trade was finalized, the Kings sent him to their AHL team, the Ontario Reign. He appeared in 36 games for the Reign and tallied 8 points.

Perhaps, by signing a contract with his hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, he’ll be able to improve enough to become a decent prospect. He’ll be working with the Calder Cup champion mastermind, Sheldon Keefe. Hopefully, the combination of Keefe and being closer to home will revitalize Subban’s defensive skill set.
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