By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The 2019-20 season may be on pause, but the Boston Bruins are not, as the team used an otherwise silent Tuesday to sign goaltending prospect Jeremy Swayman to an entry-level contract. News of Swayman's signing was first reported and documented by the official Twitter account of the University of Maine Black Bears.
Today, @JeremySwayman inked a deal with the Boston Bruins! Jeremy's dad and our coaching staff watched as he made it official - congrats Sway!! #BlackBearNation | #HockeyEast
Swayman has spent the last three years with Maine, where he's compiled a 47-40-12 record and .927 save percentage in 100 appearances. The 21-year-old Swayman was at his best in 2019-20, too, with an 18-11-5 record and .939 save percentage for Maine. Swayman accomplished that while getting peppered with an NCAA-high 1,170 shots before the season was ended by the COVID-19 outbreak.
A 6-foot-2 netminder, Swayman is now the third crease-protector to join a somewhat (and suddenly) crowded "Goalie of the Future" debate already featuring pros like Kyle Keyser and Daniel Vladar.
The towering Vladar remains the current leader in the clubhouse in that respect, as he's put forth his best pro season to date in 2019-20, with a 14-7-1 record to go with an AHL-best save percentage (.936) and goals against average (1.79). Keyser, meanwhile, has been limited by injuries this season, appearing in just seven combined games between the AHL and ECHL.
The Bruins drafted Swayman in the fourth round (111st overall) in 2017.