May 29, 2012

Bruins officially ink Swedish goalie Svedberg

By Jesse Connolly

Reports surfaced last week that the Bruins had inked Brynas IF netminder Niklas Svedberg. The team made it official on Tuesday, announcing the signing of the 22-year-old Swede to an entry-level contract.

Svedberg played the past two seasons with Brynas IF Gavle in the Swedish Elite League (SEL).

In the 2011-12 regular season, he posted a 2.47 GAA and .912 SV% in 29 games. Svedberg also recorded a 1.70 GAA and .947 SV% with four shutouts in 13 playoff games, leading Brynas to their first SEL title since 1999.

In 2010-11, the 6’2”, 176-pound goalie compiled a 2.28 GAA and .917 SV% with two shutouts in 21 games with Brynas. Svedberg had previously played three seasons with Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik of the SEL, appearing in 36 games. In 2009-10, he posted a 2.59 GAA and .900 SV% with 22 penalty minutes in 32 games.

The addition of Svedberg means the organization now have five goalies under contract for next season. Tim Thomas, Anton Khudobin, Michael Hutchinson and Adam Morrison -- who signed as a free agent in March and joined Providence after his WHL season ended -- are the four others. Tuukka Rask, of course, is still a restricted free agent.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.