Now with the Thanksgiving holiday behind us we can get back to business; the prospect of the week. Once again this will be a prospect of the past two weeks, for the period between November 13th – 26th. Unlike some of the past weeks where the majority of Bruins prospects were in slumps there is now some good stuff going on with Bruins prospects.
This week’s BostonPucks.com “Prospect of the Week” is University of Maine goalie Jeremy Swayman. Swayman is a first timer to our prestigious Prospect of the Week honor.
Back on November 17th Swayman had a dominant 40 save win over national power house Boston University. The next night, without Swayman between the pipes, BU took out their frustration beating Maine 7-0. Swayman was named Hockey East “Rookie of the Week” for his efforts against BU.
Swayman’s performance earned him both starts in Belfast, Northern Ireland for the “Friendship Four” tournament held overseas over the holiday weekend. He took the loss in the opening round against #9 Providence, 3-0, only giving up 2 goals with the third being an empty netter. He also tallied 34 saves in the game. In the second game of the tournament Swayman was not as busy, only having to make 18 saves to defeat RPI, 4-2.
Overall on the season Swayman has appeared in 8 games for a 4-3 record. He has a very respectable 2.51 GAA to go along with a great .921 save percentage. The University of Maine has a history of turning out NHL goaltending talent with current NHLers, Jimmy Howard, Ben Bishop, and Scott Darling. The Bruins hope that Swayman will be the next NHL starting goalie coming out of Orono. Hopefully he takes it easy on my Vermont Catamounts this weekend. A couple 1-0 losses would be fine with me.
- Zach Senyshyn continues his playmaking attack on the AHL. Over the past two weeks Senyshyn added 3 assists in 5 games. The goal scoring has not developed yet for him at the AHL level but he is still making things happen with 7 assists on the season to go along with 2 goals.
- Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson scored a goal and picked up two assists over the past 5 games. JFK now has 5 goals and 7 assists for 12 points in 18 games. If David Krejci is going to be out for any extended period of time you could see JFK making his season debut at the NHL level.
- Jack Studnicka is back on track. After going pointless for two weeks and goal-less for four weeks Studnicka has had a huge past two weeks. In 6 games Studnicka has recorded 4 goals and 4 assists for 8 points. He now has 25 points (8 goals and 17 assists) in 26 OHL games.
- Ryan Donato continues his point per game pace for Harvard. In 3 games the past two weeks Donato had 1 goal and 2 assists. He now has 10 points (4 goals and 6 assists) in 8 games this season.
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