Bill Sweatt


Elburn Illinois

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2nd round (38th overall), 2007


180 lbs.

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2006-07: Sweatt finished his stellar freshman campaign leading all Tiger rookies in scoring with 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) and earning Colorado College's Bob Johnson Award as the team's top rookie. Of Sweatt's 26 points, 15 came in Colorado College's final 17 games. He missed five early games due to a bout with mononucleosis. Sweatt also represented the United States at the 2007 IIHF U-20 World Junior Championships in Sweden, helping the Americans win a bronze medal.

2007-08: Sweatt turned in another impressive season with Colorado College, as he finished his sophomore campaign with 10 goals and 17 assists in 37 games. Though his point-per-game numbers fell off from the previous season, Sweatt proved that he can play a more physical brand of hockey when necessary. Since Sweatt’s size has always been a concern, his willingness to initiate contact demonstrated progress in his game. 

2008-09: Sweatt skated in 37 of 38 games for Colorado College as a junior and was the team's fourth-leading scorer with 12 goals and 11 assists. He was +2 with 28 PMs as the Tigers tied for third in the WCHA. The Tigers failed to reach the NCAA tournament; falling to Minnesota-Duluth in the first round of the WCHA tournament.

2009-10: Sweatt appeared in all 39 games for Colorado College as a senior and was the Tigers' leading scorer with 15 goals and 18 assists. He was -3 with 18 PMs and scored 5 of his 15 goals on the power play. The Tigers slipped to sixth in the WCHA and again lost to Minnesota-Duluth in the first round of the WCHA tournament.

2010-11: Sweatt was invited to training camp by Vancouver as a free agent and signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Canucks in August 2010. He skated in all 80 games for Manitoba (AHL) in his first pro season and was the Moose' second leading scorer with 19 goals and 27 assists. Sweatt finished with a -9 plus/minus and 28 PMs. Manitoba reached the second round of the playoffs after finishing third in the North Division. In 14 playoff games Sweatt scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was -1 with 2 PMs.

2011-12: Sweatt made his NHL debut – skating in two December games with the Canucks – and was a solid two way forward for Vancouver's new AHL affiliate Chicago. He was scoreless in two games with the Canucks; averaging just over five minutes of ice time. Sweatt, who finished as the second-leading scorer for the Canucks' 2010-11 AHL affiliate Manitoba, saw a dip in his point total (from 46 to 34) but was a much-improved plus-nine plus/minus for the Wolves. In 71 games he scored 16 goals with 18 assists and had 24 penalty minutes. The Wolves finished first in the Midwest Division and lost to San Antonio in overtime of the decisive fifth game in their first round series with the Rampage. Sweatt scored 1 goal with 1 assist in five playoff games and was plus-one.


Talent Analysis

Sweatt has unbelievable speed, but what sets him apart is his ability to make plays at high speeds. He also has great acceleration. Sweatt possesses great hands and is smart in his decisions with the puck. Rarely can he be found turning the puck over. Sweatt's superb defensive play and awareness is one area that has progressed quite nicely this season, and has made him an effective penalty killer. Sweatt also possesses excellent on-ice vision and has a keen sense of being able to find open spaces and knowing where the play is going to end up. While Sweatt has all of the necessary tools for future success, adding size and strength to his 6'0" frame will be essential to his pursuit of achieving that success.


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by Jared Ramsden

Photo: Defenseman Kevin Connauton had a breakout season in 2011-12, managing 13 goals and 20 assists from the blue line. (Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)

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