The Providence Bruins blanked the St. Johns Ice Caps last Sunday afternoon behind the sound play of young goaltender Niklas Svedberg ending a three-game losing streak and earning their first home win of the year.
Svedberg turned away 18 shots to earn his first career professional shut out. He owns all three wins for the Baby B’s this year posting a 3-1 record with a 2.01 goals against average in five games played. His 115 saves are good for a .927 save percentage. Svedberg has outplayed Michael Hutchinson to this point in the season and it may result in more starts for the Sweden sensation.
Head Coach Bruce Cassidy was concerned over the play of Michael Hutchinson which made the decision easier to turn to Svedberg.
“Michael hasn’t won a game this year, so that’s a problem,” Cassidy said. “Right now, it is probably Sveddie’s ball to run with and Mike is going to have to find his game in practice.”
Cassidy believes Svedberg will be a positive influence on Hutchinson as the season goes on because of Svedberg’s success last year in Sweden.
“It will be a good healthy competition. Sveddie was a winner last year in Sweden, he’s a battler and players notice that, so he’s going to push Hutch and it’ll be a positive for us in the long run,” Cassidy said.
The Bruins signed Svedberg on May 29, 2012 to an entry-level contract which added to their goaltending depth after the departure of Tim Thomas. This kid has opened some eyes down in Providence and he will continue to get minutes and starts ahead of Michael Hutchinson.