Niklas Svedberg
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Niklas Svedberg

Hometown:

Sollentuna Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-09-04

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2007

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2012

Weight:

176 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • A

History

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.

2013-14: Svedberg made a cameo appearance with the Bruins in a January 2nd game against Nashville, stopping 33 of 35 shots in a 3-2 overtime win against Nashville in his NHL debut. Svedberg appeared in 45 regular season games for Boston AHL affiliate Providence and was 25-15-4 with two shutouts, posting a 2.63 goals against and .910 save percentage. Providence finished third in the Atlantic Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Svedberg was 4-4 with one shutout and had a 2.70 goals against and .905 save percentage in nine playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Svedberg is a tall, technically sound goaltender. A late bloomer who played with several teams before a memorable playoff run with Brynas in Sweden's SHL, he had two strong AHL seasons with Boston affiliate Providence and has been a capable backup to Bruins' starter Tuukka Rask. Svedberg's fiery temperament can sometimes lead to peaks and valleys in his play but when he is on he is tough to beat. That same emotional personality allows him to be ready when called upon after long periods of inactivity.

Future

Svedberg has performed well in a backup role to Boston starter Tuukka Rask in 2014-15. Now 25-years-old he has displayed the maturity of a goalie who has had several seasons to work his way to the NHL level. Long-term it is hard to determine whether he could provide the same level of performance over a full season that he has in a backup role. He could head elsewhere to get that opportunity next season but more likely will remain with Boston to give the Bruins a solid option behind Rask.

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