In just 18 days, one-time fourth-string Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman has evolved from nice story to legitimate threat.
It’s the kind of movement only the most dedicated Pokemon master or Sims player could hope for, and that’s in non-quarantine times. But it’s the trajectory the 22-year-old Swayman currently finds himself on through six NHL appearances, and with five wins in those six starts, and his impact is not lost on Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy.
“It’s only been about three weeks now, but [Swayman is] certainly a guy that looks capable every time we’re in there,” Cassidy said after Swayman’s 29-of-30 performance against the Sabres. “And a little bit more comfortable each time.”
Speaking to that ‘comfort’, Thursday’s performance actually saw Swayman’s season save percentage bounce up from a ridiculous .938 to a downright preposterous .943. Swayman’s also stopped all but four of the 37 all-situation, high-danger shots thrown his way through his first six appearances, giving him an .892 high-danger save percentage, which currently ranks as the best in the league among all goalies with at least 350 minutes in net this season.
And Swayman’s growing comfort in an NHL crease may be a bad thing for more than just the opposition.
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