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Fantasy Summary

Big, solid goaltender with quick hands and an aggressive playing style. Sometimes gets himself into trouble with his attack first mentality but should continue to fine tune his game with the University of Maine.


Observations

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October 2021 – Well, don’t look now but there might be goalie battle in Boston this year.  Newly signed Ullmark will have to battle Swayman for the top spot.  Management will likely give Ullmark the nod at first because of his new contract, but if Swayman continues his strong play he could be the number one goalie by mid-season.  He showed how good he was last year splitting time with Rask going 7-3 down the stretch.  With Boston back in the Atlantic division this year, they might have to fight for the final playoff spot so running a hot goalie like Swayman might be the right choice. Rick Greco

July 2021 – Swayman’s incredible rookie season might lead some to believe that he has been tending goal professionally for several years, slowly earning himself a call-up to the NHL. In reality, the former college star has 20 total games of pro experience under his belt but played so well that he has likely earned a greater opportunity for the 2021-22 campaign. It is likely that the Bruins let Jaroslav Halak walk in free agency, which leaves the door open for Swayman to seize the backup, or perhaps even the starter’s role, in Boston. The sky is the limit for the former Maine Black Bear, and he could ascend to fantasy prominence as early as this fall. Chris Mazza

April 2021 – Swayman has given the Bruins plenty to think about as the playoffs draw closer. After performing as one of the AHL’s best goalies for Providence, he was recalled to Boston after both Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak were forced to miss time. In the NHL, the rookie goalie has been stellar, posting a 5-2-0 record, an impressive 0.946 save percentage and a goals-against-average of 1.57. Head coach Bruce Cassidy has admitted that Swayman’s play has forced Halak to be the odd man out, so the former college star should provide spot-start value as we near the end of the fantasy season. Chris Mazza

March 2021 – Swayman is having an excellent rookie season with Providence, sitting top-five among all AHL goalies in goals-against average (1.88), save percentage (0.932), and wins (7). He has been a major reason why the baby Bruins are among the top teams in the league and continues to stake his claim as the potential heir to Tuukka Rask’s throne. At this rate, he could see NHL and fantasy success within the next couple of seasons. Chris Mazza

June 2020 – Swayman signed his entry-level contract with the Bruins at the conclusion of his college season with Maine. In his third and final college campaign, he finished with a goals-against average of 2.07 and a save percentage of .939%, helping him to earn the Walter Brown Award as the best American-born player in New England. He was also named as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, and will look to ride this momentum into his first pro season in 2020-2021. Chris Mazza

March 2020 – It’s been a terrific season for the 21-year-old netminder. Despite not playing on a powerhouse squad, Swayman led the nation in shots against and saves. His 0.939 save percentage was second. He played all but seven minutes of action for Maine this season. An insane amount. The 6’3 netminder is one of two netminders to be named to the Hobey Baker finalist list. Cam Robinson

September 2019 – Swayman will return for his third year as the starting goalie for the University of Maine in 2019-2020. He has managed stellar numbers in a workhorse role thus far in his NCAA career, and should continue to be one of the nation’s best collegiate players this season. The Bruins have a backlog of goalies in the organization, seeing players with both experience and potential filling various roles. As a result, it will likely be a while before Keyser receives a meaningful NHL opportunity. He certainly holds the potential to be an NHL starter one day, and it appears as though he will ultimately be competing against Kyle Keyser for the title of Tuukka Rask’s heir. Chris Mazza

March 2019 – Swayman was a workhorse for the University of Maine in his sophomore season, starting 35 games while posting a save percentage of .919 and a GAA of 2.77. His numbers remained in line with his dominant freshman year, and further cement the notion that the Bruins found a gem in the fourth round of the 2017 draft. He was named Third Team All-Conference for his efforts and was recognized by a leader by his coach. He should return to college for at least one more year before Boston likely signs him to his first pro deal. Chris Mazza

November 2018 – Swayman has begun his sophomore season with a save percentage of .894 through seven games. He is expected to be one of the NCAA’s best overall players this year and should be up to the task after stealing the show in 31 games as a freshman. His aggressive style of play might lead to prolonged bad stretches, however, he should manage to quickly correct his poor start as he works to improve his consistency this season. His development will be crucial for the Bruins and fantasy owners alike as they search for the eventual heir to Tuukka Rask’s starting gig. Chris Mazza

July 2018 – Most freshmen goalies in the NCAA either serve as a backup with limited ice time or platoon with the established starter. Swayman walked into Orono and with hard work and solid play stole the starter job for the University of Maine. Against older and more mature competition, in a division including the Hockey East powerhouses that are Boston University and Boston College, Providence and Northeastern, Swayman improved his GAA from his draft year to 2.72. He also improved his save percentage, finishing his freshman season with a .921. His first year at college, his club lacked goal scoring, but Swayman held his own. He will more than likely remain at Maine next season to continue developing on the squad with a lot of returning players. Sid Osmond

June 2017 – Swayman was rated 12th overall goaltender by NHL Central Scouting and was the 12thgoaltender off the board at #111 overall. At 6’2” the Bruins picked up a goaltender here with good size and room to fill out even further. Swayman has good tools; he’s quick for his size and tries to use his large frame to his advantage. Swayman considers himself an aggressive goaltender and likes to challenge the shooter whenever possible, and while this is generally a good trait to have his risk-taking style has led him through a number of tough stretches in the past. That being said, Swayman put up pretty good numbers for the Sioux Falls Stampede posting a .914 and a 2.90 GAA while winning only seven of his 32 appearances.

One has to think that Swayman was at least partially a victim of low goal support here as his numbers should have found him a slightly more favorable record. Swayman will have to continue to fine tune his game and undoubtedly hopes to find more success while playing for the University of Maine, who he’s committed to for the 2017-2018 season. Swayman slots into the Bruins deep in the depth chart but could rise quickly depending on his performance this year in the NCAA. Mike Drover

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 9.0
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country USA
Position G
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth November 24, 1998
Height 6‘3”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 4; Overall: 111

Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2010-2011 Alaska All Stars 14U AA14U AA7 0.99 .895|Playoffs3 0.67 .935
 2011-2012 Alaska All Stars 14U AA14U AA7 0.57 .957|      
 2013-2014 Alaska Jr. Aces 16U AAA16U AAA17 2.20 .924|      
 2014-2015 Team Red USA-S165 6.40 .805|      
  South Anchorage High USHS-AK26 1.27 .948|      
 2015-2016 Pikes Peak Miners 18U AAANAPHL 18U18 1.79 .940|Playoffs4 2.01 .931
  Tri-City StormUSHL0 - -|