Jordan Subban Scouting Report: 2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Belleville Bulls
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By Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell)
The 2013 NHL Entry Draft in New Jersey is approximately one month away. As we inch closer to this year’s draft, I’ll continue to plug away and post as many scouting reports on the top draft eligible players from the Ontario Hockey League as I can.
Here is my scouting report on 2013 draft eligible defenseman Jordan Subban of the Belleville Bulls.
Age – 18
Position – Defenseman
Height – 5′ 9″
Weight – 177
Draft Projection: 35th-45th
OHL Team: Belleville Bulls
2013 Regular Season Stats: 15 goals, 36 assists, 51 points, +22, 47PIM, 68 games played
2013 Playoff Stats: 2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points, +10, 20PIM, 17 games played
NHL Comparable(s) – PK Subban
Upside – 8/10
Strengths – Jordan Subban is one of the most intriguing prospects in this year’s draft class – and not just because he’s PK’s brother. Subban is average defensively, but he’s an excellent skater who can rush the puck end-to-end regularly with little trouble. He’s a very confident player and has very good puck skills. Subban is outstanding in the shootout, as well. He’s a good passer, stick handler and can really control the puck once he gets it on his stick. Subban makes a strong outlet pass and can run a power play. He sees the ice well and has a good shot. He may be small, but he isn’t afraid to be physical and won’t back down from anyone. Subban’s not a big guy, obviously, but he’s feisty and he’s willing to put in 2nd and 3rd efforts to try and make a play. Like PK, Jordan likes to go for big open ice hits from time to time and often connects. Given his size, he’s a better hitter than you’d expect. Subban’s also a very passionate player and will do whatever it takes to win.
Weaknesses – First and foremost, Subban needs to fill out. He’s small in stature but adding on some additional muscle will really help him when it comes to physical contact or battling for loose pucks. Subban is okay defensively, but there is room for improvement in terms of positioning, gap control, etc. If he’s willing to learn, that’s nothing good coaching can’t fix.
Career Projection – If Subban can fill out and improve his defensive play, the sky is the limit for him. I think he can be a solid top-4 defenseman capable of quarterbacking a top power play unit.
2013 Draft Eligible Prospect Profiles:
Sean Monahan – Ottawa 67′s
Max Domi – London Knights
Bo Horvat – London Knights
Ryan Hartman – Plymouth Whalers
Jason Dickinson – Guelph Storm
Kerby Rychel – Windsor Spitfires
Darnell Nurse – Soo Greyhounds
Nikita Zadorov – London Knights
Chris Bigras – Owen Sound Attack
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