Kristians Rubins left home in Latvia as a 15 year old to pursue his hockey dreams. He was headed to the Swedish VIK Vasteras system. His late birthday (December 11, 1997) meant he had just turned 16 when he was selected to Latvia’s WJC-18 team. The following season, when he was turning 17, Rubins represented Latvia in both the WJC-18 and WJC-20 D1A, where he had 4 points in 5 games.
From a very young age Kristians Rubins has been playing up to a high competition level, and earning the trust of his coaches. As a 6’4″ LD, that can take him a long way in this sport. Sparing some of the details for later on in this prospect ranking, Rubins possesses many of the attributes that makes modern big-bodied defencemen successful. The winding path he took to gather those attributes is why he is relatively unheard of.
RANK – GRADE – NHL READINESS
18TH – C – 1-2 YEARS
Position: Left Defence
Weight: 220 lbs
What kind of player is he?
Just looking at his height and weight, you can infer he’s a shutdown defenceman. I wouldn’t necessarily disagree, but Rubins was not always that way. He comes from a …
Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation