The Bruins’ prospect pipeline might be headlined by the likes of Jack Studnicka and Urho Vaakanainen, but don’t sleep on the amount of depth and potential acclimating between the pipes.
The B’s added a major piece into the fold on Tuesday evening, as Maine goaltender Jeremy Swayman signed his entry-level deal with the organization after the Black Bears’ season came to an abrupt end due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Swayman, who was drafted by Boston in the fourth round (117th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft, has seen his stock soar since first arriving in Orono. The Anchorage, Alaska native was arguably the top netminder in the NCAA ranks this season — earning the Walter Brown Award on Tuesday as the top American-born Division 1 college hockey player in New England.
The Black Bears had a resurgent season in 2019-20, posting a record of 18-11-5. The play of Swayman in net held plenty of sway of said results, given that Maine relinquished 34.6 shots against per game — which ranked 56th out of the 60 D-1 teams in the country.
Despite facing such a high shot volume on a regular basis, Swayman stood tall in net, leading all Hockey East netminders with an absurd .939 save percentage to go along with a 2.07 goals-against average.
Swayman is also in the running for the Hockey East Player of the Year (announced Thursday) and will likely be a finalist for both the Hobey Baker Award (top collegiate player) and the Mike Richter Award (top collegiate goaltender).