Blackhawks

What Subban is working on while battling to be Hawks' starter

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We're three days into Blackhawks training camp, meaning we're three days into the team's three-way goalie competition to see who will be in net a week from now in Tampa Bay to open the season.

Malcom Subban is a serious candidate to be the Hawks starter, or at least the goalie who will be between the pipes the most as NHL team's will carry three netminders during the season this year. 

Subban is still awaiting his first start for the Hawks. He went 9-7-3 with a 3.18 goals-against average and .890 save percentage in 20 games with the Vegas Golden Knights last year before getting traded to Chicago at the Feb. 24 deadline.

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The 27-year-old goalie, who's competing with Collin Delia and Kevin Lankinen, detailed what aspects of goaltending he's working on at camp to edge out the competition and improve.

"Now that I'm at camp, I'm continuing to work on stuff like rebound control, depth, all that stuff, just tracking, leading with your head, [making] sure your head is just down on the puck and tracking down on pucks," Subban said of what he's been implementing while in net at camp on a Zoom call with media after his Wednesday session. "That's stuff you can always work on. It's not easy stuff as a goaltender, but I think you can always work on it, especially not having played for about 10 or 11 months or whatever it's been."

 

He also detailed how he's polishing up his rebound control.

"I think the biggest thing in terms of rebound control is tracking," Subban said. "I think tracking down on pucks and stuff like that, having good hands, that'll help lead to good rebound control. I think if you're not tracking the puck well it's hard to make good contact, whether it's [to] keep the pucks in front of you or smother them. 

"Putting that all into one, we're doing the movement drills, we're going eyes first, Jimmy (Waite, Blackhawks goalie coach) and Peter (Aubry, Blackhawks developmental goalie coach) are making sure we have our eyes going first, head going. So I think when that translates to getting shots, if you have your eyes first, head first, it gives you the ability to track the puck well, which can help you have better rebound control."

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