Jordan Subban

by Cam Robinson on December 5, 2017

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Jordan Subban, D

Shoots: R

Height: 5-9

Weight: 185

Born: 1995-03-03

Hometown: Toronto, ON

Drafted: 2013 by Vancouver Canucks, 115th Overall



December 2017 - The stocky blueliner has struggled to match his previous offensive rates early on this season. Known for his ability to get pucks on net and finish with regularity - averaging 14 goals in 66 games in his two AHL campaigns, he has yet to find the back of the net through 16 contests in 2017-18. Already tasked with overcoming a 5'9 frame and less-than-stellar defensive zone ability, plugging along at a 0.31 point-per-game pace isn't going to help his stock in the organization. He continues to shoot around his career-average of just over two-per-game, so it should be expected that the goal-drought will end shortly. As it stands, it's looking less and less likely that Subban will become a full-time NHL player. Cam Robinson
March 2017 – The youngest Subban brother has continued to flash his offensive game at the AHL level. The stocky, right-handed defender has moved the needle on a point-per-game basis after a successful rookie season in Utica, from 0.53 to 0.63. He's been called up to the big club on a couple of occasions but has yet to see NHL action and at age 22, and having a similarly sized and stylistically comparable player in Troy Stecher having leapfrogged him, Subban's hope of quarterbacking an NHL power play may have to come with another organization. Cam Robinson


November 2016Subban has been piling up the points for a not-so-great Utica Comets' squad early this season. The diminutive defender has four goals and 10 points in eight contestsgood for most among blueliners in the AHL. His ability to handle larger forwards and his defensive decision-making remain concerns, however, and he's already been a healthy scratch for those reasons. Subban remains a high-risk, high-reward asset. Cam Robinson


September 2016 - Subban was clearly very comfortable competing in his fourth Young Stars tournament for the Canucks. During the first game, he demonstrated his fantastic edge work, smart, heads up offense and blistering shot. The defensive side of his game looked improved too. A real standout early on but perhaps was pushing a little too hard on the rush. He'll need to find a better balance against NHL-quality competition. - Cam Robinson 


April 2016 -  Questions abounded about the youngest of the Subban brothers at the mid-way point of the season. While his offensive prowess left little to be questioned, a small stature and proclivity for allowing attacking players behind him concerned some of his long-term potential. A strong second half has allayed some of these fears, as the diminutive defender has assumed increased responsibility on the Utica blue line. After posting a 0.473 points-per-game over the first 19 games of the season, Subban began to acclimate himself to the professional game. This was shown clearly with a 0.58 points-per-game over the final 48 games, posting a highly respectable 11 goals and 36 points in his first campaign. With effortless skating and a strong willingness to compete, the Toronto native still has warts in his game but appears to be willing to learn. This trait will serve him well on his quest to becoming a top-four defender in the NHL. David McDonald

December 2015 - Subban has enjoyed a productive beginning in the Canucks system, starting his pro career by appearing in thirteen of the American Hockey League's Utica Comets first nineteen games this season while notching one goal and eight points and an even plus-minus rating. The Comets seem to be easing Subban in, giving him second and third pairing duty as well as second unit power play time. Though undeniably talented with impressive offensive instincts and solid skating, Subban is still very much a work in progress. At 5-9 and 176 pounds, he lacks both size and a physical element to his game, and could struggle on the defensive side of the game - this lack of awareness was no more evident that two recent games against Portland, where he allowed his man to get behind him on multiple occasions leading to odd-man rushes. While his skating will help him get out of some of those jams, he needs to focus on both his offensive and defensive responsibilities; given his age, though, this is something that can be developed over time and he has the makings of a high value sleeper pick in a deep keeper league. David MacDonald

Belleville defenceman Jordan Subban has been named to the OHL’s roster for the upcoming Subway® Super Series and will compete in the November 17th game in Kingston. The smooth skating blueliner has rocketed out of the gates to start the season and sits atop the OHL's defensive scoring charts with four goals and 12 points through the first dozen games (as of October 21st). Brendan Ross

September 2014 - Jordan Subban made an instant impact from the blue line, ripping a big slapshot for a goal in his first action of the preseason. It was not enough to stick around though, as Subban was cut and sent back to Belleville. Expect his game to grow a lot, as this season may very well determine what kind of career he has in his future. Mike Barrett

February 2014 - After joining the Canucks organization, Subban has continued to impress at the Junior level. He is second overall on his team in scoring. Don't let his -1 rating fool you, he is the team's plus-minus leader among full-time defensemen; that just shows how bad the OHL's worst team is. The focal point of the offence, his goal total is already at 11 after scoring 15 last year. His assists are down a bit from last year for reasons outside his control. Austin Wallace

June 2013 – The Subban surname needs no introduction as PK (Montreal) and Malcolm (Boston) have both exited the entry draft as high draft selections. Meet Jordan Subban, the youngest and arguably most talented of the three Subban brothers. Jordan Subban is a highly skilled offensive defenseman who excels in skating and handling the puck. Jordan is undersized at 5-foot-9 but plays with the drive and aggressiveness of a 6-foot-4 defender. He is committed on and off the ice and understands what he needs to do to succeed as a smaller player. Subban owns a surprisingly heavy shot that finds the net regularly and his ability to quarterback Belleville’s powerplay is outstanding. In the defensive zone, Jordan Subban relies heavily on positioning and stick checking to contain attackers due to his lack of strength. In all 68 games for the Bulls, Jordan Subban racked up 15 goals and 51 points. Compared to all other CHL draft eligible NHL defenseman, Subban ranked second in goals and second in points. Brendan Ross


Fantasy Outlook: C+

A boom/bust defenseman given his diminutive size and lack of defensive zone ability. Heading down the path of a AAAA player. 



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    Just not big enough to play D in the NHL. He gets pushed around defending the net.

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