Thursday, January 19, 2017

Jordan Subban: Two Autographed Cards

P.K. Subban is set to return to game action soon after missing some time with a herniated disc, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention his brother Jordan Subban was finally called up by the Vancouver Canucks earlier today.

Like his siblings P.K. and Malcolm Subban, Jordan spent his Juniors career with the OHL's Belleville Bulls, where he was a near point-per-game defenseman every year, one who scored 25 goals with a hard and heavy shot from the point in 2015-16. However, he was only selected in the fourth round (115th overall in 2013) because of his diminutive stature, as he stands at just 5'9" although he weighs 185 pounds of muscle.

In his first season with the AHL's Utica Comets last year, he posted a respectable 11 goals, 25 assists and 36 points in 67 games - best on the team at his position, 3 points better than 27-year-old Taylor Fedun - and had improved his per-game average this year with 22 points (9 goals, 13 assists) in 34 games with the Comets at the time of his recall, which came two weeks after he'd been named an AHL All-Star.

Like P.K., he relies on his superior shot and doesn't shy away from physical play, but his lack of size betrays the fact that his skill-set is not in the same category as his older brother's; he will need to make up for his not-quite-elite talent level by playing a dependable, sound defensive game and wait to accumulate points on the powerplay.

Here he is wearing the Bulls' black (home) uniform, on card #98 from In The Game's 2011-12 Heroes And Prospects set and CHL Rookie sub-set:
And here he is in white, on card #3 from ITG's 2013-14 Heroes And Prospects set:
He signed both cards in blue sharpie during the 2013-14 season.

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