It appears the Boston Bruins have themselves another European goaltender from Scandinavia, which also obviously doubles as a goalie factory.
According to NHL.com, the Boston Bruins have signed 22-year-old goaltender Nicklas Svedberg to an entry level contract. Svedberg posted a 1.70 goals against average and an outstanding .949 save percentage during the Swedish Elite League playoffs for defending champion Bynas IF Galve.
Nothing has been made official or announced by the Bruins yet, however.
According to stories attached to Svedberg from Sweden, he was a backup goaltender for the Swedish Elite League team that got 29 starts in 57 games during the regular season before catching fire in the postseason and helping lead his team to the championship. He also earned 22 penalty minutes in a season for Modo in 2009-10 while showing some of the hot-tempered spirit that the Bruins have come to expect out of their puck-stoppers over the last five years.
Svedberg appears earmarked for the Providence Bruins during the 2012-13 seasons while currently standing behind Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin on the Bs organizational depth chart.
So whats the hold-up on the Bruins announcing the deal with their young European goalie?
The current snafu is the typical transfer agreement paperwork thats present whenever a player is moving from one of the IIHF European contracts to North America and the NHL.
So theres been no official announcement concerning the Swedish goaltender due to clerical issues, but it appears his future will be in Black and Gold. With or without Svedberg the Bruins continue to stockpile promising young netminders while avoiding the use of valuable high draft picks on them a plan that seemed to work out pretty well with a guy named Thomas.