WILMINGTON -- Goalie Malcolm Subban is expected to jump into the professional ranks this season.
Subban and assistant general manager Don Sweeney each said Wednesday on the first day of development camp that the 2012 first-round pick will come to main camp in the fall and turn pro. Subban is projected to play in the AHL with the Providence Bruins.
"Obviously that's your goal," Subban said. "I set my standards high and when I came to the OHL, that was my standard to make the OHL. It's the same thing here, trying out for the AHL team and hopefully make it."
Playing for the Belleville Bulls in the OHL, Subban had his best season in his third juniors year. He went 29-11-4 with a 2.14 goals-against average and .934 save percentage, leading the league in the latter two categories. Subban also played for Team Canada in the World Junior Championship.
The 19-year-old, who turns 20 Dec. 21, could return to juniors for a fourth and final season, but that's not expected to happen.
"Unless something changes in that regard, we expect him to be part of our pro environment this year," Sweeney said.
Subban was the No. 24 overall pick last year. Assuming Chad Johnson is the backup to Tuukka Rask in Boston, Subban will likely share the crease with reigning AHL goalie of the year Niklas Svedberg in Providence.
Naturally athletic, Subban still has work to do on honing his technique and becoming more patient against better shooters.