By Aaron Bell
Jordan Subban didn’t have to ask for directions to get to the Yardmen Arena in Belleville on Saturday. After all, he’s been coming to that rink since he was 10 years old.
The 16-year-old Toronto native was the Belleville Bulls first round pick in Saturday’s OHL Priority Selection and becomes the third member of his family to be drafted by the Bulls.
His oldest brother P.K. was an all-star defenceman with the Bulls and became the team’s all-time top scoring defenceman before graduating to the Montreal Canadiens. His other brother Malcolm just completed a tremendous rookie season in net with the Bulls.
“This is a relationship that is long standing,” Bulls’ GM/coach George Burnett said on Saturday. “It’s a family we’ve dealt with on numerous occasions and we’re excited to deal with them again. We’re really excited that Jordan is a part of our group.”
Jordan was thrilled to hear his name called by the Bulls on Saturday and drove to Belleville with P.K., Malcolm and their mother Maria.
“Obviously I was hoping for Belleville, having (had) both my brothers play here, this is where they developed, I really wanted to play here,” Jordan said. “I’m just happy to be in Belleville, my brother played here, hopefully (we can) get back that winning tradition.”
Jordan has been skating in a pretty big shadow the past few years but isn’t worried about following his brothers to the Bulls.
Despite all the accolades that P.K. earned while in Belleville, as well as during his time with the World Junior Team and now with the Canadiens, he had the opportunity to come into the OHL in relative anonymity.
P.K. was a sixth round pick in the 2005 OHL Priority Selection and came into his first camp with the Bulls with very little fanfare.
Jordan won’t have that same luxury.
“With Jordan, he’s going to have a great opportunity but he’s going to have to work hard for everything he gets,” P.K. said. “He’s never had things handed to him so I know that he’ll be prepared for this opportunity and prepared for his first training camp.”
Jordan helped the Toronto Marlboros win the OHL Cup in Toronto in March and draws rave reviews for his skating and offensive abilities.
“I definitely describe myself as an offensive defenseman,” Subban said. “But over the course of the year I really worked hard on being a more well-rounded defenseman.”