At the recent NHL combine in Toronto, Jordan Subban was asked if his brothers, Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. and Boston Bruins first-round pick Malcolm, gave him any advice about the event.
"Well, P.K. was sleeping so I couldn't talk to him," said a grinning Jordan, who is poised to become the third Subban brother drafted when NHL teams converge on New Jersey's Prudential Center on June 30.
The combine was his last chance to showcase his talents on a big stage. So, why didn't he try and wake his oldest brother up to pick his brain?
"He's a heavy sleeper," said Jordan, who plays for the OHL's Belleville Bulls, still wearing a big smile.
But P.K. Subban was very much awake on Saturday night in Chicago where he formally accepted the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman. And during his meeting with reporters it was suggested that the 24-year-old had set the bar mighty high for Jordan, who is also a defenceman. Malcolm, meanwhile, is a goalie, who was drafted 24th overall by the Bruins a year ago.
PIZZA & POTENTIAL
"I don't think he really sees it that way," P.K. said. "I think he kind of wants to do more than what I've achieved. He's a special individual. He's going to be an amazing player. The thing about Jordan is a lot of people might look [past him] but they're going to be surprised in the near future about how good he is, because I really do think that he has a lot more potential than both myself and Malcolm.
"Put it this way: There's seven people in our family [his parents and two sisters to go along with the three brothers], if there's only six slices of pizza at the table, Jordan's getting one. That's how I like to talk about Jordan. He's that type of kid and he's got that type of character and he'll fight his way to the NHL."
More potential than a Norris Trophy winner? Is that simply sibling pride? Jordan, after all, is only the 55th-ranked North American skater on NHL Central Scouting's final list of top prospects. TSN scout Craig Button has him at No. 41 on his final list.
But P.K., who was picked in the second round (43rd overall) in the 2007 NHL draft, insists teams shouldn't sleep on his younger brother.
'JORDAN'S SKILL LEVEL IS MUCH HIGHER THAN MINE'
"Jordan plays more of a cerebral type [of game]," said P.K. "He's more of a thinker. I play off my instincts and I try to do a little bit of everything, but I think Jordan's skill level is much higher than mine. I mean, I'm on the ice with him every day during the summer doing skill stuff and he's the one demonstrating the drills ... I'm not. I'm the guy still trying to learn them. He's got a tremendous amount of skill and that's OK, I mean, I don't know exactly where he's ranked in the draft or where he's supposed to go, but we've always been the ones to come from the bottom and surprise people so if that's what he's got to do he'll do it."
P.K. was a sixth-round pick in the 2005 OHL Priority Selection while Malcolm was an 11th rounder in 2009. Both bucked the odds to make a splash at the NHL Draft. Jordan, meanwhile, was a first-round OHL pick in 2011, but may end up being a later NHL pick than either of his brothers.
"We both like to play emotional and compete very hard," said Jordan of P.K., "but he's a little bit bigger than me so I try to play a little more smarter and just use my stick well and stuff like that while he can get away with using his strength and his body."
Jordan stands 5-foot-9 and weighs in at 175 pounds while P.K. is 6-foot, 216. But the difference between the two don't end with dimensions.
"I try to stay a little bit more calmer than P.K., but a little more exciting, outgoing than Malcolm so somewhere in between I guess," said Jordan.
'I HAVE TO DO IT FOR MYSELF'
Jordan admits his brothers did come up during his interviews with NHL teams during the combine, but notes, "There wasn't too much chatter about them, especially in Toronto's room about P.K. ... just kidding."
Jordan realizes much of the attention he's getting in the lead-up to the draft has to do with who his older siblings are and he says that's okay by him. But, in the same breath, he makes it clear he doesn't feel like he's living in their shadows.
"I don't really think it's following in their footsteps. Obviously, I'm proud to have two brothers that I can look up to and they've really helped me out along the way, but for me it's just about paving my own path in my own career. Once I get on the ice they can't do anything for me. I have to do it for myself."