After rumored reports last week, the Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, May 29, that the club has signed goaltender Niklas Svedberg to an entry-level contract. Svedberg, a 22-year-old goaltender from Sollentuna, Sweden, played the past two seasons with Brynas IF Gavle in the Swedish Elite League (SEL).
In the 2011-12 regular season, Svedberg posted a 2.47 GAA and .912 SV in 29 games. He 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-foot-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 signing of Svedberg means the organization now has five goalies under contract for next season including Tim Thomas, Anton Khudobin, Michael Hutchinson and Adam Morrison. Tuukka Rask is still a restricted free agent.