Goalie Jeremy Swayman leaves Maine to sign with Bruins

By WEEI 93.7

The Bruins’ goalie pipeline at the pro level just get a little fuller even while the NHL season is suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic and the rest of the NCAA season is cancelled for the same reason.

Jeremy Swayman, a Bruins fourth-round pick (No. 111) in 2017, has signed his entry-level contract at the conclusion of his junior season Tuesday.

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 pic.twitter.com/vpoGLa9OmH

— Black Bear Hockey (@MaineIceHockey) March 17, 2020

The goalie was just named as the 68th Walter Brown Award winner by the Gridiron Club of Great Boston after he led the nation is saves with 1,099. He had a .939 save percentage and a 2.07 goals-against average in addition to his 18-11-5 record this year for the Black Bears.

At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Swayman will give the Bruins yet another large, young goaltender to go with Dan Vladar, who at the time of the American Hockey League’s season was leading that league with a 1.79 GAA and .936 save percentage for Providence. Another prospect, Kyle Keyser, has been limited to just seven games this season (six with Providence, one with Atlanta of the ECHL) by injury.

No. 1 goalie Tuukka Rask is signed through the end of the 2020-21 season at a salary-cap charge of $7 million, but backup Jaroslav Halak can become an unrestricted free agent this summer. It’ll be interesting to see how the Bruins move forward with their goaltender position, especially in light of the Seattle expansion draft coming in the 2021 offseason.

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