With the 111th pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft the Boston Bruins selected goaltender Jeremy Swayman of the Sioux Falls Stampede(USHL). Swayman is 6’3, 200 pounds of pure greatness. He is originally from Anchorage, Alaska...a great place to play hockey considering there’s a lot of ice there. Born on November 24, 1998, the 19 year old has a long way to go before he reaches the NHL. The young, freshman goaltender currently plays for the University of Maine and in 13 games played holds a 2.37 GAA and .932 SV%.
This year, the World Junior Championships were held in Buffalo, New York and Jeremy Swayman was selected to represent the United States at the World Juniors along with Bruins prospects Trent Frederic, and Ryan Lindgren. Swayman was the backup goaltender in a couple games during the tournament but never got the nod to start. Goaltenders Joseph Woll and Jake Oettinger took turns being the starting goaltender for the United States. Not being the starting goaltender for team USA did not upset Swayman one bit, he was just extremely happy to be selected for the team. While at practice, Swayman pulled off a pretty cool trick.. Check it out below.
Also check out this video of Swayman talking about the honor of being selected to the US National Team for the WJC.
This week (week of Jan. 8th) Jeremy Swayman was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week after posting a 31 save shutout against Boston University. This was Swayman’s first career NCAA shutout and the University of Maine’s fifth ever shutout against the Boston University Terriers. The only other freshman to blank Boston University was Alfie Michaud in 1997 as helped the Black Bears beat BU 3-0. This is Swaymans third weekly honor of the 2017-18 season. He was named Player of the Week on December 11th after recording a 95 save weekend when UMaine swept Quinnipiac. He was also named Rookie of the Week on November 20 after a 40 save performance in a 5-3 win over Boston University. In the month of November he was the Rookie of the Month runner-up and in December he was the Goaltender of the Month runner-up.
Swayman is playing some great hockey, he currently sits sixth in the nation with a .932 SV%, is 8-4-1 overall and is 5-0-1 in his last six starts. Swayman was a terrific pick up in the draft for the Boston Bruins. He is a big goaltender who has great net coverage with the ability to track the puck and move post-to-post smoothly. He is also not afraid to play the puck, he has great control of the puck behind the net and in other areas of the ice and is not afraid to get his stick in the play to try and make a save. “I’m just kind of an active goalie, challenging the player instead of staying back in the crease.” said Swayman. Former Boston goaltender, Tim Thomas who lead the B’s to win the 2011 Stanley Cup, was a pretty active goaltender. Could we compare Swayman to Thomas? Yes and no, Swayman in my opinion has the potential to be better than Tim Thomas.
If Swayman develops nicely and keeps playing well at UMaine, i’m sure the Bruins will have him playing in the AHL (Providence Bruins) before we know it. With Zane McIntyre and Daniel Vladar being the only talent the B’s have in their goaltending prospect pool, Swayman was a great choice by Boston. You can track Swayman’s progress on the UMaine website and on their hockey twitter page.
Photo: (UMaine Ice Hockey on Twitter)