HERSHEY, Pa. – The Hershey Bears revealed on Wednesday they have signed defenseman Jordan Subban to a one-year AHL contract. The 26-year-old Subban last played in Austria during the 2019-20 season and was a 2017 AHL All-Star during a season in which he tallied 16 goals, ten of which were on the power play. The 5-foot-9, 182-pound defender has 232 career AHL games under his belt and most recently skated with the Toronto Marlies during the 2018-19 season, where he had 18 points (three goals, 15 assists) in 48 games played.
After Subban was traded from the Vancouver Canucks organization to the Los Angeles Kings during the 2017-18 season, Subban was teammates with current Hershey captain Matt Moulson during his time with the Ontario Reign.
In his career, Subban has 103 points (34 goals, 69 assists), 16 goals of which were on the power play. A right-handed shot, Subban adds some additional depth at the right side with a chance to earn his way back into an AHL lineup on a very deep Hershey team. Subban is a power-play weapon on the left side in a way reminiscent of Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin.
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The big area for Subban to work on as a Bear will be his defensive game, an area where he’ll have no shortage of mentors in Hershey. He’s a cumulative minus-30 at the AHL level despite his strong offensive upside of back-to-back 36-point seasons, but with coaches steeped in defensive excellence with Steve Bergin, Calder Cup Champion Patrick Wellar, and veterans like Cody Franson in the organization, it should work to his advantage having them around the rink each day.
Jordan is the youngest of the three Subban brothers, with the eldest brother P.K. Subban skating for the New Jersey Devils and Malcolm Subban playing goal for the Chicago Blackhawks.
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