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Could the Belfast Giants be players for AHL defenceman Jordan Subban?

Defenceman Jordan Subban (Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Defenceman Jordan Subban (Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Defenceman Jordan Subban put Europe on high alert yesterday when his agent began offering him around the leagues.

The name will be familiar as Jordan is the brother of both Nashville Predators stand-out PK Subban and also Vegas Golden Knights netminder Malcolm.

But while his siblings have made to the NHL, it hasn't been plain sailing for Jordan, who has bounced about the AHL in search of his big break.

After time with the Utica Comets, Ontario Reign and, most recently, Sheldon Keefe's Toronto Marlies, it appears Subban's patience has run out and he is now considering a move abroad.

That has sparked a frenzy in Europe, with plenty of top sides likely to pursue his services given the 24-year-old's abilities.

A two-way defenceman, Subban has scored 36 goals in 232 games across four seasons in the AHL, with a total of 106 points in that time as well.

While he perhaps lacks the body to play a physical game, he more than makes up for that with his top-level pace as well as his overall hockey sense and ability to make plays.

Drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL draft by the Vancouver Canucks, if Subban is indeed serious about making the move to Europe, then he will have no lack of suitors.

But perhaps his best bet could be taking a punt on a move to Belfast with the Giants, who would be thrilled to secure his services.

Needing a powerplay exponent on the blueline after the departure of Josh Roach, Subban's offensive style of play would fit the bill perfectly, while his talent would see him entrenched on the top pairing anyway.

There's no doubt that, if he signed, Subban would be one of the stand-out names in the Elite League next season, which is something that could easily appeal.

While his faster style of play perhaps doesn't suit the stereotypical style of play in the Elite League, it would suit the faster style that Adam Keefe is trying to introduce, proven by the arrivals of Patryk Wronka and Ciaran Long.

The Giants would come with no shortage of recommendations either, with Subban able to look at the success of Kyle Baun coming from the AHL to the Elite League and thriving last season.

His head coach from last season, Sheldon Keefe, Adam's brother, would undoubtedly give a glowing review of his brother's coaching too, as would Francis Beauvillier, who left on amicable terms.

That's not to mention the fact he would be joining a winning team too, one intent on defending both their Elite League and Challenge Cup titles, as well as making an impact on their Champions Hockey League debut.

If his education is something that interests him too, then joining on a university deal would be something that the Giants could offer him as well.

It seems highly likely that there will be offers from bigger teams from bigger leagues, making this a tough pursuit for the Giants, if they are even interested at all. But it would be surprising if they didn't at least do their due diligence and see what he's looking for.

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