Bruins Prospect Swayman Shines Despite Sweep From Providence College

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By: Josh B.   |   Follow Me On Twitter @ToCauseway

The verdict is in: UMaine Goaltender Jeremy Swayman considers a hot dog a sandwich.

The Boston Bruins’ 4th round selection in 2017 (111th overall) was in Providence this weekend with his teammates from the University of Maine to face-off against the Friars in the Hockey East Quarterfinals. Despite an early lead in Game 1 of the best of 3 series, the Black Bears fell prey to a sneaky comeback from the Providence College squad. In a winner take all game the following night, the Friars took the early lead and nearly ran the Black Bears out of the building and back to Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine with 3 early goals and one waved off due to goaltender interference. The Black Bears surged in the second with 2 goals less than a minute apart, but the comeback would fall short.

Despite a sour note to end their hopeful season on, the UMaine Men’s Ice Hockey team has plenty of positive takeaways in the 2017-2018 campaign. With an 18-15-4 record, the Black Bears have had their first winning season since 2013-2014 where they went 16-15-4. This season also marks the deepest the Black Bears have gone in the playoffs since 2006-2007.

Fittingly, the Black Bears beat their cross-border rival New Hampshire Wildcats in the opening round of the Hockey East playoffs advancing to their quarterfinal Providence showdown. UMaine snuffed out the UNH Wildcats on back-to-back nights Friday and Saturday of last week by the score of 4-1 and 3-2 respectively.

Unfortunately, this year’s era of good feelings came to an end in the Ocean State.

In football they say “Defense wins championships”; in Hockey, the tender between the pipes can be the difference maker for your season. A hot goalie can carry you, while a cold one can sink you.

Jeremy Swayman knows this; he’s been the key to this year’s UMaine Men’s Ice Hockey season. Despite the losses in Providence, Swayman stopped 37 of 41 shots (0.902 SV%) Friday night, and 38 of 41 shots (0.926 SV%) Saturday night. Considering the jump the Friars came out with both nights, Swayman acquitted himself admirably with the amount of rubber he faced.

The Anchorage, AK native has plenty to be proud of this season: His 16 W’s are the most by any Freshman Maine goaltender since Ben Bishop in 2005-2006. From Dec. 2nd 2017 to Jan. 19th of this year, he had 8 consecutive games of 30+ saves. During the World Junior Championship, he was elected to represent his country in Buffalo with team USA. He has been named NCAA’s “Rookie of the Week” last November, this past January, and the previous week. On Dec. 11th of 2017, he was named NCAA’s “Player of the Week.” Swayman also helped break a multi-game losing streak at Boston University’s Agganis Arena dating back to January 28th, 2012; Not only did Swayman help secure the win, but he also blanked the Terriers for only the 5th shutout in 130 contests between the two clubs.

Bruins Nation was introduced to Swayman on Saturday, June 24th, 2017. When I spoke to him, he recounted the experience fondly. Because of the time difference between the Draft in Chicago, IL, and his home in Anchorage, AK, the news came down around 6 AM local time. “[The call] was pretty surreal…When you get called [in the Draft] let alone to the Bruins, an Original Six team, the great history behind it.” Surrounded by family, the first inkling he was drafted by the Bruins was friends texting him congratulations. “[It was] the best day of my life.”

July is a special month in the offseason for Bruins fans and media, as draft selections and prospects along with invitees attend Bruins Development Camp which is open to the public: a glimpse into the future of the Black and Gold. Jeremy Swayman appreciated the on-ice portions of the 4-day long event, where he was introduced to Bob Essensa, Bruins goalie coach. “He critiqued every little thing he saw” noted Swayman, who was grateful for the attention to detail. “I took it to heart, and still use it in my game today.” Swayman also spoke glowingly of the friendly but competitive environment of Development Camp under the watchful eye of the Bruins brass. He reminisced about hitting it off with fellow prospects Ryan Donato who reached out to him before development camp, Jesse Gabrielle, Trent Frederic, and ex-Bruins prospect Ryan Lindgren (now a New York Rangers prospect). In Development Camp 2018, Swayman said he looks forward to working with the coaches, Bob Essensa especially, in a more one-on-one setting.

Swayman was a UMaine commit before he was drafted, but Development Camp brought him together with a future Maine teammate months before he took to the ice in Orono. Robert “Bub” McGovern was an invite to Bruins Development Camp, where he and Swayman got acquainted before the NCAA season began: “It was a surprise for both of us. When I got the call from a couple of the scouts, [they said] ‘Hey we’re actually bringing your goaltending partner in,’ It was great, I got to start the relationship before the season even started.” Upon arrival in Orono, ME, Swayman worked closely with assistant coach and former UMaine goalie coach Alfie Michaud. “He’s been tremendous. I can’t speak enough about him. He’s really more than a goalie coach, he’s been my mentor, he’s been my role model. If I have any problems, I go straight to him… I know we’re gonna have a great, long relationship together.”

Looking toward the future, Swayman is content to let Don Sweeney steer the helm of his development. “It’s absolutely a Sweeney decision. I firmly believe they have the best interests [in mind] for me. If they want me to develop here, I have no problem with that, I absolutely love it at Maine growing as a player and a person as well.”

Time will tell how soon Swayman makes it to Providence or Boston, but in the meantime, the University of Maine – Orono has a rising star in its midst.

Bruins Swayman Earns First Hockey East Playoff Win

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By: Mark Allred   |   Follow On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Boston Bruins prospect and University of Maine goaltender Jeremy Swayman earned his first Hockey East Playoff win last night with a 26 save effort against cross-border University of New Hampshire Wildcats. The number six seed Black Bears beat number eleven seed Wildcats by the score of 4-1 in front of 3,645 fans at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine. This is the first time since 2004 that these two teams have faced each other in the postseason and the Bears have a 1-0-2 regular season record against the Cats in the 2017-18 campaign. This is the first time these two clubs have played each other in the opening round with Maine dominating the last four Hockey East Tournaments compiling a record of 5-1-0 over their longtime rival.

Swayman, a 19-year-old Anchorage, Alaska native had an outstanding 2017-18 season for the Black Bears as a freshman after the Boston Bruins selected him in the fourth-round of the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. In 28 games this season the 6′-2″ 187-pound netminder posted a 14-10-3 record, a 2.68 Goals-Against-Average, and .922 save percentage. Before his journey to the state of Maine, Swayman played one full season in the United States Hockey League with the Sioux  Falls Stampede and in 32 games played posted a 7-18-3 record in a league that is structured to get collegiate commits ready for the riggers of NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey.

With his exceptional play early this season, Jeremy earned a spot on the United States U-20 Team at the 2018 World Junior Tournament that was played in Buffalo, New York. Even though Swayman didn’t get much playing time, he said the experience was a positive one that he’ll never forget as he continues to develop his game and earning a Bronze Medal during the games was quite an accomplishment as he represented his country.. You can hear the complete interview I had with the young goaltending prospect in episode 83 of our weekly Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast.

Swayman also credited two former University of Maine alumni goaltenders for his success during his first season of collegiate hockey. First, he mentioned Black Bears Goaltending Coach Alfie Michaud for his knowledge and daily on-ice training regiments to keep the young netminder in shape and ready for game days. Second, is the visits that former NHL goaltender and last summers Boston Bruins hire Mike Dunham as the teams new goaltending development coach who Swayman said has been a big help when he’s able to be around. Coach Dunham has made several trips around North America sharing professional tips with the many Bruins goaltending prospects.

Here are last night’s game one highlights between the Maine Black Bears and the New Hampshire Wildcats from Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine

Game two of this first round battle is tonight and all information to watch and listen can be seen below from the official University of Maine Twitter account.

Bruins Prospect Swayman Playing Well In Freshman Season

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By: Mark Allred                    Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Last night the University of Maine Black Bears came away with a 3-3 tie against Hockey East rival the University of New Hampshire Wildcats from Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine as the team celebrated 40 years of collegiate hockey in the state of Maine.  Boston Bruins prospect goaltender Jeremy Swayman got the start in goal last and has been one of the teams bright spots even though the Black Bears are sitting in the middle of the Hockey East Conference standings. The Bears have a 6-6-3 Conference record, 12-9-4 overall record, in 26 games in the 2017-18 NCAA season.

The 19-year-old Anchorage, Alaska native is in his first-year of collegiate hockey and is taking positive strides in his development as a 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft fourth round selection. One key benefit for the 6′-2″ 187-pound netminder is the oversight of former NHL goaltender and Maine alumni, Mike Dunham who was hired last summer to help with all Bruins goaltenders in the system. Dunham’s role with the organization has taken him to Atlanta (Vladar), Maine (Swayman), Oshawa, Ontario (Keyser), and Providence (McIntyre).

This season, Swayman has compiled a season record of 9-5-3 with a 2.53 goals-against-average, and .926 save percentage in 18 games played. In his last 10 games for the Black Bears, he has a record of 6-2-2 and an impressive 335 saves in that timeframe. The amount of shots the young goaltender has taken this season was one of the major factors of him being selected as a third goaltender for the 2018 World Junior Championship that was held in Buffalo, New York. Although Swayman only got a few minutes of action in the last game of the popular annual tournament, he and his United States team walked away with the Bronze medal and his experience in those games will have a positive influence moving forward in his development.

Although Swayman only got a few minutes of action in the last game of the popular annual tournament, he and his United States team walked away with the Bronze medal and his experience in those games will have a positive influence moving forward in his development. One thing that’s impressed me the most is the confidence that Head Coach Dennis Gendron has in the young prodigy and the will to take a goaltender like Robert McGovern who’s currently in his junior year out of the crease to give more time to the B’s prospect as he’s clearly earned it.

The Maine Black Bears get back to work next weekend with two road games against the University of Massachusetts starting on Friday night (1/26/18) and again on Saturday night (1/27/18) both to be played at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. With nine games remaining in the Bears regular season, it should be interesting to see how they play down the stretch in hopes of a Hockey East playoff spot with teams like Northeastern, Boston College, Boston University, Providence College, and UMass-Lowell ahead of them in the conference.

2018 World Junior Championship Will Feature Plenty Of Bruins Prospects

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By Mike Cratty                                                    Twitter: @Mike_Cratty

The 2018 U20 World Junior Championship will get underway starting Monday, Dec. 26 in Buffalo, New York. Team USA won the tournament last year in dramatic fashion over team Canada in a shootout. The World Junior Championship is a great tournament every year – one that is worth gluing your eyes too as you watch some young, highly-touted players showcase their skills. The two groups in the tournament are comprised of five teams. Those groups, as well as the schedule for the whole tournament, can be found below.

Group A: USA, Canada, Denmark, Slovakia, Finland.

Group B: Russia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belarus.


Six Boston Bruins prospects will be in action throughout the tournament and will all be worth watching. These prospects are featured three of the 10 teams; USA with Trent Frederic, Ryan Lindgren, and Jeremy Swayman, Finland with Urho Vaakanainen and Joona Koppanen, and Sweden with Oskar Steen.

USA: Trent Frederic

The 29th overall pick in 2016, Trent Frederic is having yet another solid season at Wisconsin, this time as a sophomore assistant captain. Frederic’s 16 points in 21 games have him in second place on the Wisconsin Badgers, two points behind senior forward Ryan Wagner.

Something very noticeable about Frederic’s game is his composure and maturity on the ice. His calm, intelligent hockey mind allows him to make smart plays with smoothness in his stride, making things happen in all three zones. In his first go-around in the world juniors, Frederic will be looked to in order to help secure back-to-back tournament victories for the United States.

USA: Ryan Lindgren

At 49th overall in 2016, 20 picks after Frederic came Ryan Lindgren, who will wear an “A” on his sweater throughout the tournament, as he does at the University of Minnesota. Through the first 20 games of his sophomore season at Minnesota, Lindgren has scored two goals and added two assists. This will mark Lindgren’s second world junior tournament with team USA. Last year, he tallied an assist in seven games en route to a shiny gold medal,

Although he isn’t known to put up prolific offensive stats, Lindgren boasts a rigidly defensive game, awareness with and without the puck, and solid skating ability. The United States goaltenders have comfort in knowing Lindgren will be there to clear opponents out of their faces.

USA: Jeremy Swayman

The third Bruins prospect on Team USA is Jeremy Swayman. Drafted just this past summer, 111th overall, Swayman has already taken the role of starting goaltender at the University of Maine of Hockey East in the NCAA. A good friend of the Black N’ Gold team, Drew Johnson of the Hockey Writers, has been all over it when it comes to Jeremy Swayman. Just a glimpse of Drew’s praise for the young goaltender is given when talking about an incredible weekend Swayman put together earlier in the month.

With Jake Oettinger and Joe Woll in the goaltending mix as returners to the team, it is uncertain how much playing time Swayman will receive. Regardless, learning from fellow talented Hockey East goaltenders in Oettinger (BU) and Woll (BC). Swayman carries a 7-3-1 record with a 2.58 GAA and .927 save percentage for the Maine Black Bears heading into Christmas. It’s worth noting that Swayman holds the nation’s eighth-best save percentage, amongst goalies who have played at least 33 percent of their team’s total minutes. Pretty impressive for a freshman.

Finland: Urho Vaakanainen

The most recent of Don Sweeney’s first-round pick’s, specifically 18th overall in 2017, will return for his second World Junior Championship. Likened to that of Scott Niedermayer, Vaakanainen is an excellent skater who makes smart decisions with the puck. Spending his first season with SaiPa of the Liiga, Urho has a goal and three assists in 23 games. Like Ryan Lindgren, he’s not a defenseman who will be leaned on to produce offensively, but rather jump start chances with their skating ability and vision.

In his last go-around in the World Juniors, Urho had a goal in six games on a surprising struggling Finnish squad one year removed from taking gold in 2016 on a wheelhouse Finnish team. Finland will boast an experienced blueline this year including five first-round picks on it (Vaakanainen, Juolevi, Heiskanen, Jokiharju, Valimaki). Vaakanainen will be relied on heavily to make Finland a powerful force in the tournament again.

Finland: Joona Koppanen

Joona Koppanen is off to a weird start to his season playing for Ilves Tampere in the Liiga. Moving up a level from playing for Ilves in juniors to playing for the big club has proven to make things tougher for Joona scoring wise. Playing juniors last year, Joona tallied 23 goals, 31 assists and 54 points in just 38 games. Since being loaned from his junior team to the big club, he has yet to tally a goal but has eight assists in 24 games. The stats show that this may be an adjustment year for the young Finn, which isn’t a bad thing for his development in the long run.

Craziness aside, Joona is an intriguing late-round prospect, 135th overall in 2016, with a daunting 6-foot-5 frame. He skates well for someone of his size, uses his frame effectively and has solid offensive tools. A big guy like him playing amongst a talented Finnish team could produce more great results for Joona in his first go-around in the U20 tournament.

Sweden: Oskar Steen

Oskar Steen, drafted 165th in 2016, boasts some of the best speed and acceleration in the Bruins’ prospect core. An undersized player who can play center and wing that turned some heads at Bruins prospect development camp this summer.

Oskar is adjusting to new surroundings in his first SHL season for Färjestad BK this year. In 28 games, he has scored three goals and added two assists in a year that will be a feeling out process where he’ll have to earn his keep. Tons of points shouldn’t always be expected in those types of years. Not only does Steen show great speed and acceleration, he shows a great desire to have the puck on his stick often, as well as a pretty decent wrist shot. His speed and offensive mind will certainly help within a dynamic, highly skilled Swedish U20 team.

The World Juniors come the day after Christmas so the gifts just keep on giving. Keep an eye on some Bruins prospects playing important roles and enjoy this fantastic tournament. Happy holidays.

Bruins Prospects Added To USA Hockey Preliminary Roster

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By: Mark Allred               Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The USA Hockey headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado announced today that the preliminary roster for the 2018 U.S. National Junior team has been released and three Boston Bruins prospects have been added. The 2018 IIHF World Junior  U20 Championships will play its 42nd annual tournament and the second time host Buffalo, New York will house the festivities. The Tournament will go on from December 26, 2017, to January 5, 2017, from three locations which include the HarborCenter, KeyBank Center and an outdoor final at New Era Field at Orchard Park the home of the National Football Leagues Buffalo Bills.

The ten team tournament will consist of participating countries that are split into two groups. Group “A” with have Canada, Denmark, Finland, Slovakia, and host United States while group “B” will have Belarus, Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland. Last season the United States won the 2017 tournament with a 5-4 shootout victory over Canada at a sold-out Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

Below are highlights of the above mentioned 2017 WJC if you missed the action almost a year ago.

Bruins Prospects Added

Trent Frederic – University of Wisconsin

The 6′-2″ 203-pound center hails from St, Louis, Missouri which is starting to become a hotbed for young talent in the mid-west. Selected by the Bruins in the first round (#29 Overall) of the 2016 National Hockey League Entry Draft, the talented forward is currently in his sophomore year with his Badgers team and has 16 points in 19 games played in the Big-10 Conference.

After successful campaigns on the U-17 and U-18 U.S. National Teams in the United States Hockey League which is a pre-collegiate developmental program, he would go on to commit at Wisconsin and the close tutelage of head coach and former NHL’er Tony Granato who will be Trent’s bench boss for the upcoming 2018 WJC tourney. Although missing some due to an upper-body injury during his freshman season, the then 18-year-old managed to have a great season posting 33 points in 30 games in 2016-17.

Ryan Lindgren – University of Minnesota

Another U.S. National Team USHL alumni who joined the NCAA College Hockey ranks last season, Bruins prospect, Ryan Lindgren was a solid addition to the Gophers program as a freshman last season and although his offensive numbers are not going to blow you away, his shutdown style will. The 6′-0″ 198-pound Minnesota native has a strong ability to use his body effective whether moving opposing players trying to create havoc in front of his goaltender or with bone-crunching hits to those who dare cross the blueline offensively.

This, his sophomore year the well-balanced wrecking ball is on pace to have a better year on the stat sheet with 2-2-4 numbers in18 games which is close to the half-way point of the 2017-18 NCAA Big-10 regular season. Lindgren ended his National Championship hopes last season in the final game of the 2016-17 regular season when he crashed into the boards with a season-ending injury that would later require surgery.  Lindgren was selected by the Bruins in the second round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Jeremy Swayman – University of Maine

After having a decent 2016-17 year with the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede posting a 7-18-3 record with a 2.90 goals-against-average and .914 save percentage the Anchorage, Alaska native was selected in the fourth round of the NHL’s 2017 Entry Draft and was a commit to play a long way from home with the Black Bears team.  The 6′-2″ 187-pound 2017-18 freshman goaltender has played well enough to earn more time in the crease than Rob McGovern who’s been with the Black Bear team for the last three seasons and was a Bruins development camp invite in early July of 2017.

This season with the Black Bears Swayman has a record of 5-3-1, a GAA of 2.38, and a .925 save% and has played very well and gaining the trust of head coach Red Gendron who’s entering his fifth season as the Maine, bench boss. I’d imagine Swayman will play a majority of the remaining games as former Maine alumni goaltender Mike Dunham will be making his rounds visiting and advising the developing youth in the Bruins organization crease until Swayman leaves for a pro job or remains until he gets his degree.

Boston Bruins Prospect Update Nov. 26th-Dec. 2nd 2017

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By: Mark Allred        Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Bruins Prospect Update Nov. 26th-Dec. 2nd 2017

American Hockey League – Providence Bruins

The Providence Bruins played in three games last week going 3-0. The week started on Sunday, November 26th with a 2-1 shootout victory on the road over the Charlotte Checkers. Baby B’s goals scored by Colton Hargrove (6th) on the power-play and the shootout winner from Ryan Fitzgerald. Goaltender on-loan Jordan Binnington got the win in goal stopping 18 of 19 shots.
On Friday, December 1st The Bruins played host to the Binghamton Devils at the Dunk and walked away with a 3-2 win in front of the home crowd. B’s goals scored by
Kenny Agostino (5th) Ryan Fitzgerald on the power-play (6th) and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson on the power-play (6th). Zane McIntyre got the start in goal making 29 saves on 32 shots.
On Saturday, December 2nd the B’s played the second game of back-to-back home games against the Binghamton team beating the Devils by the score of 4-2. Bruins goals scored by Zack Senyshyn (3rd) Jordan Szwarz (6th & 7th) and Rob O’Gara his first of the season. Goaltender on-loan Jordan Binnington got the job in the crease on this night making 25 saves on 27 shots.

East Coast Hockey League – Atlanta Gladiators

Goaltender Dan Vladar started in two games last week beginning on Sunday, November 26th with a home game against the Jacksonville IceMen and only had to make three saves before leaving the game after the first period for precautionary reasons. The Gladiators managed to pull off the 4-2 victory even though the 2015 third round pick had to leave the game.
On Friday, December 1st Vladar and his Glads team lost 5-3 to the Florida Everblades on home ice. Vladar stopped 26 off 30 shots.

Ontario Hockey League – Oshawa Generals

2017 second round pick Jack Studnicka has been red hot lately, and that continued with three games last week with three games scoring 3-2-5 numbers but snapped a seven-game point streak with no points against the Windsor Spitfires on December 2nd. Jack has 10-19-29 numbers in 29 games this season.

NCAA Men’s Hockey

Jeremy Swayman – University of Maine
The 2017 fourth-round selection played in two games last week both against the University of Vermont. The first was a 2-2 tie making 22 saves on 24 shots on Friday, December, 1st.
The second game of the weekend was on Saturday, December 2nd once again against the Catamounts this time with a huge 6-2 win for the Black Bears stopping 39 of 41 shots. Swayman is now 5-3-1 on the NCAA season dropping his goals-against-average down to 2.38, and .925 save percentage.

Ryan Donato – Harvard University
Ryan played in two games last week scoring a hat trick on Friday, December 1st against the Quinnipiac Bobcats and added a goal and an assist on Saturday, December 2nd against the Princeton Tigers. Donato now has a point in every game played so far this season which is a 10 game point streak. He now has 8-7-15 numbers in 2017-18.

Trent Frederic – University of Wisconsin
After going pointless over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the former 2016 Bruins first-round pick got back to work offensively in both games against the University of Minnesota Gophers. On Friday, December 1st he had a goal and followed that up on Saturday, December 2nd with a goal and an assist. Trent now has 8-8-16 numbers in 19 games played.

Bruins Dunham Hire Not A Mystery Anymore

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By: Mark Allred                             Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Earlier this week the Boston Bruins held a press conference to announce a few organizational hires with one being the addition of Goaltending Coach Mike Dunham to oversee the netminding situations throughout the organization as a member of the developmental staff. With days of heavy speculation of what Dunham’s actual job is going to entitle and the rumors of the B’s moving on from current Goaltending Coach Bob Essensa who’ll be with the team for his 15th year this upcoming season, CBS Boston Bruins Writer Matt Kalman shed some like many with his explanation of how things are going to work moving forward.


In Matt’s article which was published yesterday, he said Mike Dunham was announced as the new coach by general manager Don Sweeney on Monday. In a position many teams have created over the past several seasons, Dunham’s going to work with goaltenders throughout the organization in Boston, Providence and beyond”.

Also mentioned in Kalman’s article was the increased hires of Goaltender Development Coaches in the past few seasons and while I believe this is a positive move to get younger netminders the proper tutelage in their progression to the National Hockey League but was disappointed to see the end of the hyper linked quote above with the news that Dunham will help the Boston goalies, Providence and beyond.  What I’m getting at here is he’s not going to be a permanent fixture with the American Hockey Leagues Providence Bruins where his mentorship on a full-time basis is sorely needed.


Before the announcement of the new hires, current Goaltending Coach Essensa would spend a majority of his time with the NHL Bruins and when team travel and close proximities to Providence, Rhode Island allowed him to go to Providence to work with the top minor-pro goalies, he would. For myself and many Baby B’s fans, I thought the hire was for him to work completely in the AHL but the sounds of it, he’s going to float around which is a bit concerning to me and those who pay close attention to the pro affiliate on a regular basis.

So does this raise the questions of how the Bruins developing netminders would perform with a full-time coach?  Could’ve Zane McIntyre had a better rookie season in the AHL before his emergence as the top AHL goaltender last season? What about the 2012 first round pick for the B’s Malcolm Subban and his up and down three year’s with the organization? At this point, it’s hard to say how a young player grasps the knowledge from former professional players and how they perform while struggling but I’m going to go out on a line with my unprofessional opinion and say that they could’ve benefited greatly with a trusted coach always around under any circumstances.


Let the past be the past I guess, but now as B’s fan, we can look forward to the help a man like Dunham can do with a player like Dan Vladar who was selected in the third round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and 2017 fourth round selection Jeremy Swayman. Vladar just finished a decent first year of professional hockey, and with the signings of McIntyre and Subban, the big, athletic netminder will most likely return to the East Coast Hockey League Atlanta Gladiators. Swayman played in the United State Hockey League last year and is committed to play at the University of Maine in the fall.

Between meeting up with Boston, Providence, Atlanta, and now Maine, Dunham is certainly going to get a lot of travel time to prepare the future in the crease for the Boston Bruins but a permanent coaching position should become available in a league that transitions players to the highest level and in my opinion with the limited NHL games played between McIntyre and Subban it’s clear they weren’t ready with neither of them gaining a win in combined efforts.