- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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BOSTON -- Now that former Boston Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin has signed with the Carolina Hurricanes, Providence Bruins netminder Niklas Svedberg could be next in line to be the backup in Boston behind Tuukka Rask for the 2013-2014 season.
Svedberg could face competition for Boston's backup goalie spot from Chad Johnson, whom the Bruins signed Friday to a one-year, one-way contract worth $600,000.
Svedberg, 23, was outstanding for the P-Bruins last season and recorded a 37-8-2 record with a 2.17 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage in 48 games during the regular season. During the Calder Cup playoffs, he posted a 6-6 record with a 3.29 GAA and a .889 save percentage.
It was Svedberg's first season playing in North America. Prior to signing with the Bruins and being assigned to Providence, he played four seasons in the Swedish Elite League.
"It was a good season to learn a lot of new things, and to play over here and to adjust to the game over here. It's been a good year, a long season and hopefully it'll help me next year," Svedberg said.
After the P-Bruins' season was over, the Bruins recalled Svedberg from Providence and he served as Boston's third goaltender during the playoffs.
"I think it was good for next year, just to see how everything works up here and get to know the guys and everything," he said. "It'll be good for next year."
During the team's exit meetings, the Bruins told Svedberg to work on his strength training in preparation for training camp.
"Get a little bit stronger and work on my physical part, just stuff like that," Svedberg said. "It'll be a short summer but I'll try to focus on my strength. I'll try to have a good summer, get ready for camp and take it from there."