While the Boston Bruins slid into second place in the conference this afternoon, beating Florida 3-0, their AHL affiliate has been sitting pretty at number 1 over all of the AHL since Friday.
The Providence Journal spelled out the stats, “With the win [Friday night], Providence clinched first place in the Eastern Conference with 101 points with two games remaining. Second-place Springfield has 97 with one game left. A loss by Texas late last night would clinch first place overall for Providence for the first time since 2007-08.”
The PBruins can thank their outstanding goaltender, Niklas Svedberg, for their turnaround success. Svedberg played in the AHL All-Star game, and was just named to the First Team AHL All-Star. (This really pissed off a Springfield Falcon fan who decided to take it out on me last weekend. Sorry not sorry sir.)
Svedberg won four AHL awards, and an additional two from the Providence organization. From the AHL he received awards for being named to the AHL All-Rookie Team, named to the First All-Star Team, being the AHL Player of the month (March), and receiving the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award. From Providence he was awarded Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player.
“It’s a great honor. It proves you’re doing something right,” said the 23-year-old from Sweden. “When you get an award like this, it’s not just yourself. It’s because of my teammates. I’m grateful, but I’ve got to stay focused and keep working hard every day. There’s always the next game. We have the playoffs coming up, which is the most important time,” Svedberg told the Providence Journal.
The AHL summed up Svedberg’s season and reflected his stats as follows.
“Entering the final weekend of the regular season, Svedberg is 36-8-2 in 47 appearances for the Bruins, helping them to the Atlantic Division title and the best record in the AHL. His 36 wins rank second in the league this season and are the second-most by a rookie in the 77-year history of the AHL. Svedberg also ranks sixth with a 2.15 goals-against average and fourth with a .925 save percentage, allowing two goals or fewer in 34 of his 47 outings while posting four shutouts. Svedberg has a record of 24-2-1 over his last 27 starts since Jan. 4, including a 10-game winning streak from Jan. 20 to Feb. 22.” There is also a highlight reel at the end of their article here.
With many Boston Bruins fans unhappy with the current goaltending, there has been talk of pulling up this rookie to see if he has NHL potential. We could see a breakout performance from him like that of Braden Holtby during the Washington Capitals 2012 playoff run.
I would much rather see Svedberg in our net than Malcolm Subban. Nothing against the latter, budding goaltender, but your brother is a grade A pain in the neck. Granted, this could give him the motivation to show everyone in Boston that he isn’t his brother, and blow us all out of the water. I’d be okay with that.
Anyway, all the best for Svedberg! I know I’ll be catching a few of the Calder Cup games, as the PBruins are now like a pet that I feel devoted to watch over. Poor them, hah!
Go B’s! (Both of them!)