You might think Jordan Subban would be the poster child for sibling rivalry.

His oldest brother, P.K., after all, just won the Norris Trophy as the National Hockey League’s top defenceman. And his other brother, Malcolm, a goalie, was a first-round draft pick last summer of the Boston Bruins.

Jordan, who was picked by the Canucks in the fourth round (115th overall) of the NHL draft last week, clearly has some big footsteps to try and follow.

But that doesn’t seem to faze the 18-year-old one bit.

“It’s great having two brothers who are successful and have been able to give me advice, especially going into my first camp,” Jordan said after he and the rest of the Canuck prospects spent some time Wednesday afternoon visiting patients at Children’s Hospital.

A defenceman like his big brother P.K., Jordan knows people will look for comparisons. But he doesn’t feel any pressure to be like his brother.

“I don’t think I have to try and differentiate myself,” he said. “If you watch us both play you will see the differences in our games, but it never hurts to be compared to a Norris Trophy winner and although he is my brother I am still grateful for the comparisons because of the success that he’s had in the league. I mean, I’ll take it, but obviously we are different players.

“I think there are some similarities and some differences there. We are both competitive and we both love the game. I realize my role and I try to stay focused out there and not interact with players maybe as much as he does, just stay focused and do what I need to do to be successful.”
Subban said he and P.K talk almost every day.

“He just continues to give me advice and wants to know what is happening and how everything is going. He is a great player, really supportive and I am really happy to have him there whenever I need to talk to him. . .I think some people get P.K.‘s confidence confused with cockiness sometimes. We are all confident and we all love the game and we just play hard.”

P.K. thinks his little brother has chance to be the best player in the family.

“Jordan plays more of a cerebral type of game and is more of a thinker and I play off my instincts and try to do a little bit of everything,” P.K. Subban told recently. “I think Jordan’s skill level is much higher than mine. I’m on the ice with him every day during the summer doing skill stuff and he’s the one demonstrating the skills.

Jordan Subban and the rest of the Canuck prospects have been in town all week for prospects camp. The week has been more than just about on-ice scrimmages and practices. On Tuesday, they went dragon-boat racing in False Creek. On Wednesday morning, they did the Grouse Grind. Subban, nursing an undisclosed minor injury, missed the climb up Grouse Mountain.

“I heard some scary stories,” he said. “Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do it but hopefully I’ll have another chance.”