It’s certainly ahead of the Bruins’ desired schedule, but Tuesday night will come with the NHL debut on goaltending prospect Jeremy Swayman, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed.
With Tuukka Rask still out of action due to an upper-body injury, and Jaroslav Halak added to the COVID list on Monday, the 6-foot-2 Swayman spent Monday night as the Black and Gold’s backup to Daniel Vladar. And with Vladar under siege for a good chunk of last night’s game, and with Monday’s contest going to overtime, the Bruins were by all means forced to give the net to the 22-year-old Swayman for tonight’s contest against the Flyers.
But there’s certainly a lot of hype when it comes to the Alaskan-born netminder, as Swayman arrives to the NHL with an 8-1-0 record, along with a .933 save percentage and 1.89 goals against average, in nine games for the P-Bruins in 2021.
Prior to that, Swayman spent three years with at the University of Maine as the Black Bears’ ace in net.
At his best in 2019-20, Swayman was a Hobey Baker finalist behind an 18-11-5 record and .939 save percentage in net for Maine before the coronavirus pandemic ended the year. And Swayman posted that .939 (the second-best mark in the entire NCAA) while getting peppered with an NCAA-high 1,170 shots behind Maine’s defense.
Overall, Swayman compiled a 46-39-12 record with a .927 save percentage and 2.51 goals against average for Maine.
Swayman was originally drafted by the Bruins with the No. 111 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.