The Bruins goaltending present is in very good shape, with No. 1 puck-stopper Tuukka Rask a likely Vezina Trophy finalist and backup Chad Johnson providing consistently solid, winning relief.

And just as the B’s this season have demonstrated good organizational depth with both defensemen and forwards, they are also well stocked with goalies, making the Bruins goaltending future look bright, too.

In his first professional season, 2012 first-round draft choice Malcolm Subban has played well at Providence of the AHL and should be on track for NHL success.

Subban, who turned 20 shortly before Christmas, is the No. 8-ranked goalie in the AHL. While he has served as the backup to Niklas Svedberg, the 6-foot-1, 187-pound Subban has played 20 games. Entering the weekend, he was 9-6-3, with a 2.28 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.

Tremendously athletic and quick from side-to-side, Subban, like so many young goalies is learning that, at this position, less is more. Being positioned square to the shooter, and letting pucks hit you is usually preferable to acrobatic, highlight-film saves.

“Overall, we’re happy with his progress,” Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney said recently of Subban. “There are some areas technically Bob (Essensa, the B’s goalie coach) has been working with him. I think overall the adjustment to the pro game has been a bit of an eye-opener at times for him.

“His athleticism is pretty natural and he relies on it heavily. I think Bob is tweaking things to try to get him to be a little more technical — allow pucks to hit him, rather than being explosive on every save.

“He certainly can explode when he needs to, which is something a lot of goaltenders don’t have. So that part of it is great. But I think overall, calming himself to let the game come to him a little bit more — as opposed to trying to react to every situation — will help him.”

But the personable, good-natured Essensa is like a good baseball pitching or hitting coach, who works with the natural skills and style of the athlete and doesn’t try to force radical changes on them.

Said Sweeney: “Bob understands what a goalie’s strengths are. And he looks at the framework of what works within our systems — how we defend and how we play, what saves are expected to be made. He’s trying to clean up some of the areas he sees, without revamping an entire style.

“All of our goaltenders benefit from Bob being around — being in tune with how they play, but also letting them understand what is expected with our team.

“Bob attacks these things in stages to make you realize this is not going to be the final product — it’s about the evolution of a young goaltender into a more mature player. The goal hopefully is that the game continues to get easier for (Subban), and (he) can rely on that athleticism when (he) needs it.

“There really isn’t a set timetable for goaltenders. It just takes a lot longer to sort it out when they get to that next level of shooters.”

Sweeney said he senses no frustration from Subban about the on-going learning process.

“No, I think he’s got a pretty good head on his shoulders that way,” Sweeney said. “I mean, all young kids, until they go through it, kind of wonder whether they can make that jump. Once in a while you have some setback and you realize, ‘Wow, this is maybe a little harder and longer than what I envisioned.’ But he’s got a good attitude. He’s working hard at it and he understands what it takes to be a pro.”

The Bruins shouldn’t be in need of a new No. 1 goaltender for some time, but Subban appears to be a viable candidate. Or, perhaps, a very valuable chip in a possible trade.