Going into this season, one of the more low rated goalie tandems in the NHL on paper was Malcolm Subban and Colin Delia of the Chicago Blackhawks. After the loss of Corey Crawford to Free agency, the Blackhawks did not acquire a proper ‘starting goalie’ to replace him. It’s a next man up situation.
Malcolm Subban has been an NHL backup since the 2017-2018 season and has been able to maintain the spot on depth charts since then. His partner, Colin Delia, is in his first season as a full time member of the Blackhawks main roster after spending 3 years in the AHL while being periodically called up throughout that time.
Statistically speaking, it is likely these two guys do not have a great chance at having an outstanding season due to being a part of a rebuilding team. What they do have is an opportunity to challenge themselves and see if they can steal some games for Chicago.
In the first three games of the season, Delia and Subban saw a total of 106 shots. This averages to 35 shots per game. They can expect to see games like this on a nightly basis. Shots against isn’t a statistic a team wants to show off but for a goalie, they will only get better the more shots they see as long as fatigue does not play a role.
Colin Delia and Malcolm Subban can be compared to Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins going into last season. The Blue Jackets had just lost Sergei Bobrovsky and it was a next man up situation which was highly praised at the start of the season. Many of us (including myself) were proven wrong.
We do not know if Subban and Delia will have a similar path as the Columbus pair, but we do know that the Blackhawks have promise for the future; especially with 25 year old Kevin Lankinen making his first career start on Tuesday night.