Michael Swift
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Michael Swift

Hometown:

Peterborough Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1987-03-26

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2005

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2008

Weight:

165 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2005-06: Swift picked up where he left off in his first full OHL season with the Mississauga Ice Dogs, bettering his numbers across the board. He scored 22 goals and 32 assists for 54 points in 65 games. Unfortunately for Swift and his Ice Dog teammates, his team failed to qualify for the post-season.

2006-07: Just like the year before, Swift’s numbers took a significant jump up with the Ice Dogs, and he nearly doubled his assist output. In 67 games, he recorded 34 goals and 59 assists and led the team in scoring and his 93 points was good enough for 11th best in the entire OHL. He also finished with an impressive +37 rating and 12 power play goals. In five post-season games, he recorded one assist.

2007-08: Swift capped his junior career in style, as he took home the OHL’s Overage Player of the Year Award. He cracked the century mark in points, and finished second on the Niagara Ice Dogs in scoring with 38 goals and 62 assists. The 100 points placed him in a tie for 7th overall in the OHL. He led the team with 16 power play goals and a +36 rating. In the playoffs, he helped the Ice Dogs advance to the second round of the post-season, scoring nine goals and nine assists in 10 games. Three of those goals were short handed. After Swift’s season was complete, he signed an entry level contract with the New Jersey Devils.

2008-09: being signed as an undrafted free agent at the end of the 2007-08 season, Swift struggled initially to carve out a role with Lowell, but he persevered and eventually secured a regular spot in the line-up. In 52 games, he recorded 12 goals and 15 assists and posted 50 PIM’s, along with a +2 rating, one of only five Lowell players to finish on the plus side of the ledger.

2009-10: Swift completed his second full season with the Lowell Devils(AHL) in 2009-2010. In 76 games Swift scored 24 goals and added 31 assists, good for 55 points. The small winger added 71 PIMs. In the AHL playoffs, Swift added just one assist in 4 playoff games.

2010-11: Swift began his third pro season with the AHL’s Albany Devils before being traded to the San Jose Sharks organization in a multi-player deal in February 2011. In 48 games with Albany he scored 16 goals with 12 assists and was -13 with 48 PMs. He was particularly dangerous in man-advantage situations – scoring five times on the power play and striking for four short-handed goals. In 18 games with the Sharks’ AHL affiliate Worcester he scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was -6 with 28 PMs. Swift was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Sharks in June 2011; becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Talent Analysis

Swift shows great passion and intensity for an undersized player, and is more the willing to play a little rough and get his nose dirty as evidenced by his high penalty minute total in his last junior season. As is the case with the majority of smaller players, Swift has above average speed. He has good vision in the offensive zone and also owns a strong and accurate wrist shot.

To go along with his great offensive skills, Swift is also a more than capable player at the other end of the rink. By the end of his junior career, he emerged into a strong penalty killer and his seven short-handed goals show that he's an offensive threat any time he is on the ice. He's very responsible defensively, back checking on a regular basis, which should aid in helping him at the professional level of hockey.

Future

Swift has not been offered a contract and is playing in Asia.