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Jeremy Swayman Named Bruins Starting Goalie

Jeremy Swayman
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Jeremy Swayman burst onto the scene during the 2020-2021 season for the Boston Bruins. Swayman is entering his first full NHL season after filling in for Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak. He and Dan Vladar took over between the pipes for Boston various times during the regular season. Swayman played better which made Vladar expendable, and he was subsequently traded to the Calgary Flames. Halak parted ways with Boston and signed Vancouver while Rask is recovering from surgery and may or may not return to the team. Swayman’s first test will be the Dallas Stars as he tries to build on his 7-3-0 record.

The Current Situation

The Rask era in Boston seems to be over. Swayman has been elevated to top goalie status and Linus Ullmark was signed from Buffalo. Some felt Ullmark would be the top goalie. He has more experience than Swayman and came on a four year contract. Additionally, with Swayman being a very young goalie, some felt he may not ready to be “the guy” fulltime. However, Ullmark went winless in the preseason and looks like he needs more to time to adjust to his new team. That is understandable after six years in Buffalo.

More On Swayman

Jeremy Swayman is the third ever Alaskan born NHL player. The 22 year old dazzled when he got his opportunity, especially in one on one situations. Most netminders hate when they have to stop a breakaway chance, but Swayman thrives in those situations. After nine years of Tuukka Rask, most people knew what they were getting. Rask would always favor the butterfly technique and always seem to give up a goal in the critical moments. He would not always use his size to his advantage and get beat up high. Swayman adds a youthful energy and is a breath of fresh air for Bruins fans. It’s a team that has to get younger and this is a great place to start. This will certainly be a situation to monitor as the season goes on, but right now the crease belongs to #1 for the B’s.

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