Swedish goalie Niklas Svedberg has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Bruins. Svedberg will most likely start 2012-13 in Providence or Reading as he acclimates to North American hockey.
Svedberg has played for Brynas IF Gavle of the Swedish Elite League. With Svedberg in goal, Brynas won the league title in 2011-12. Svedberg posted four shutouts in 13 postseason games.
During the regular season, Svedberg recorded a 2.47 GAA and a .912 save percentage.
Signing the 6-foot-2, 176-pound Svedberg is the Bruins’ latest step toward life after Tim Thomas. Tuukka Rask projects to be the future No. 1 goalie. But the Bruins are seeking depth to accompany Anton Khudobin, who could be Rask’s primary backup after Thomas leaves.