Svedberg will eventually be the backup
Chad Johnson won the backup goalie job out of training camp for a few different reasons (waivers, cheaper salary cap hit), but none of them were because he was the better goaltender. Johnson deserves a chance to establish himself, and he won that opportunity with a shutout against the Detroit Red Wings, but that was an 18-save performance with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scratched from the preseason lineup. Svedberg dominated in both games he played, was the best goalie in camp from beginning to end, and appears to be just scratching the surface of his potential at 24 years old. The Bruins believe Svedberg could benefit from more development time while sharing starts with Malcolm Subban at the AHL level, but I suspect Johnson will hit a rough patch this season trying to establish himself as an NHL goaltender. If it gets to the point where they start spreading Tuukka Rask thin because of the backup situation, Svedberg could become the guy to settle in as Rask’s No. 2 later in the season. Either way, the Swedish backstop will be in Boston before too long.