In their continuing effort to load up on young goaltenders for a future beyond the end of Tim Thomas’ contract and through past the end of this decade, the Bruins today signed 22-year-old goaltender Niklas Svedberg to an entry-level deal.

Svedberg played the last two seasons with Brynas IF Gavle in the Swedish Elite League.

Not too long ago, the Bruins’ goaltending depth chart was barren behind Thomas and Tuukka Rask. But with the trade for Anton Khudobin, the drafting of Lars Volden and Zane Gothberg, plus the signing of Svedberg and Adam Morrison, Boston now has plenty of young, promising goaltenders to compete for jobs over the next several seasons.

Svedberg gives Boston another candidate to start with the Providence (AHL) farm club in 2012-13. Last season he recorded a 2.47 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 29 games. In 13 playoff games, his 1.70 GAA and .947 save percentage helped Brynas to its first SEL title since 1999.

For more on the Bruins’ goaltending, prior to the Svedberg signing, check out my analysis at