Jeremy Swayman has looked like a seasoned veteran between the pipes in five starts for the Boston Bruins this season.
That trend continued Friday when he picked up his first shutout in the Bruins’ 3-0 win over the New York Islanders at TD Garden.
Swayman only is 22 years old, but looks like he’s been an NHL goalie for 10-plus years. It’s helped that he’s been able to learn from a Vezina Trophy winner — one he called “one of the best goalies in the world.”
“I get to watch one of the best goalies in the world every day in practice, that’s Tuukka Rask,” Swayman said when asked about if he models his game after anyone. “I’m really fortunate to have a relationship with him now and learn from him every day. Again, it’s just watching how he competes, sees pucks through screens. He’s got some of the best edge work I think in the National Hockey League. So it’s really fun to watch him and I’ve learned so much from him in the short time I’ve been around him.”
The Bruins have had to rely on Swayman and Dan Vladar recently as Rask was dealing with an injury and Jaroslav Halak was on the NHL’s COVID-19 list. They stepped up in big ways, and have given Bruins fans plenty of reason to be optimistic about the future.
Rask has accomplished a lot throughout his career, so Swayman certainly will learn a lot if he continues to mirror his game after his teammate.