2008-09: Niklas Svedberg played in three games in Sweden’s Elitserien for MODO after a single appearance for the club the previous season. He saw his most extensive action of the season with Huddinge in Allsvenskan (Sweden’s second league) and also played for MODO’s U20 team. In three late season games with MODO he was 0-3 with a 5.41 goals against and .828 save percentage. Svedberg played 23 games for Huddinge and had a 3.23 goals against and .898 save percentage. In 12 games with MODO’s U20 team he had a 1.68 goals against and .941 save percentage. He played all five games in the U20 playoffs for MODO and was 3-2 with one shutout and had a 1.82 goals against and .934 save percentage.
2009-10: Svedberg established himself as an Elitserien league goalie in his second pro season – splitting the goaltending duties for MODO with veteran Czech goaltender and one-time Flyers’ prospect Roman Malek. Appearing in 32 games for the ninth-placed club, Svedberg had 1 shutout and finished with a 2.59 goals against and .900 save percentage.
2010-11: Signed by Brynas in the off-season to compete for the starting job, Svedberg found himself in the backup role when the club signed San Jose Sharks’ prospect Thomas Greiss. Svedberg appeared in 21 games as a backup to Greiss and finished with a team-best 2.28 goals against and .917 save percentage. Brynas reached the Elitserien playoffs after finishing seventh. Svedberg did not see any action in the playoff series against Farjestads with Greiss starting all five games. He also played two games on loan to AllSvenskan club Mora, posting a 2.50 goals against and .932 save percentage.
2011-12: Svedberg returned to Brynas for a second season. After splitting the goaltending duties with former NHL goalie Johan Holmqvist during the regular season, he emerged as a playoff hero for the Tigers, who captured the Elitserien championship. Svedberg had a 2.47 goals against and .912 save percentage in 29 regular season games as Brynas finished in fourth place. Holmqvist started the first three playoffs but Svedberg took over in Game 4 of the quarterfinal series with Frolunda. After finishing out that win, Svedberg started the next ten games – nine of them Brynas wins – and had three shutouts. Holmqvist started Game 5 of the Finals series against Skelleftea but Svedberg was back in net for the clincher, a 2-0 shutout win. In 13 playoff games he finished 11-1 with a 1.70 goals against and .947 save percentage. Svedberg signed a two-year entry-level contract with Boston in May, 2012.
2012-13: Svedberg was among the top AHL goalies in his first season with Bruins affiliate Providence. In 48 games with the Bruins he was second in the league with wins (37), third in save percentage (.925), fifth in goals against (2.17) and had 4 shutouts. Providence finished first in the Atlantic Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Svedberg was 6-6 in 12 playoff games and had a 3.29 goals against and .889 save percentage. He was with Boston during the NHL playoffs but did not appear in any games.
Svedberg is a tall, technically sound goaltender who absolutely dominated the Swedish Elite League playoffs, posing a gaudy .948 save percentage. The late bloomer bounced around quite a bit up until last season, playing in both the Elite League and on loan to Mora who plays in Sweden’s tier-two division. Last season however, Svedberg found his game, posting a .915 save percentage in 29 regular season games and then leading Brynas to the Elite League championship. Because of the relatively small sample size as a starter, it’s hard to know whether Svedberg projects as a starting goalie capable of playing 50+ games or as a backup goalie capable of giving you 30 strong efforts with ample rest and preparation between contests. The latter has clearly been the case with Providence other netminder, Michael Hutchinson. Coming to North America, and to a team in Providence that is in need of a starter should help Svedberg and the Bruins answer some of those questions.
Svedberg is expected to be the Providence Bruins starting goalie for the 2013-14. Svedberg could also challenge for the back up position with the big club in Boston with the departure of Anton Khudobin.