Team Canada goaltender Malcolm Subban watches from the bench during a game against the University of Alberta Golden Bears at the Markin Macphail Centre in Calgary, Alta., Dec. 12, 2012. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)
CALGARY - Six years after taking up goaltending, Malcolm Subban arrived in Calgary poised to take centre stage as the most important player on Team Canada.
That may have changed Wednesday after the 18-year-old struggled out of the gate in a 4-1 loss to the Alberta Golden Bears, a performance that likely altered the netminding hierarchy with just one game left in camp.
While most assumed his solid play in this summer's Canada-Russia Challenge helped make the starting gig his to lose, Subban's play Wednesday was symbolic of the speed bumps along the way to his meteoric rise as a first round draft pick of the Boston Bruins.