2007-08: Sweetland completed a stellar freshman season at the University of Maine, where he led the team in rookie scoring with 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) and was named the recipient of the team’s Howard Neville Award as the team’s Rookie of the Year. His most memorable game came on Feb. 24 versus UMass, where he posted two goals and an assist in Maine’s 5-4 win. The performance also earned Sweetland his lone Hockey East Rookie of the Week honor of the season.
2008-09: Turned pro early, signing with the Florida Panthers.
2009-10: Sweetland appeared in 51 games with the Rochester Americans, contributing 5 goals and 13 points.
2010-11: Signed with the Ottawa Senators.
Sweetland is tall with terrific hands and vision. Positioning is very good. He has demonstrated tremendous poise and patience with the puck. He is creative in both his scoring and playmaking ability. He moves very well with the puck through traffic. Sweetland possesses good hockey instincts. One attribute that has made him success from an offensive standpoint is his ability to make things happen. While Sweetland is not a particularly physical player, he won’t shy away from playing the body when necessary. He has the size, but will need to get stronger to be successful at the next level. Another area he’ll need to continue to develop is his defensive play. Skating may be an issue as well.
His success will be dependent on whether or not he can skate and score at the professional level.