Swan was drafted in the fourth round of the 2004 QMJHL Midget Draft by the Halifax Mooseheads. A late cut in his first training camp, Swan was eventually recalled mid-season when Halifax ran into injury troubles. Oddly enough, Swan was used as a defenseman by necessity, having spent a bit of time playing on the point in lower levels. Once Halifax’s injury concerns were complete, Swan was relegated to spot duty on the fourth line for the remainder of the season, picking up six points in 36 games.
Swan was expected to be a valuable contributor on the 2005-06 Mooseheads, and after a cracking training camp, wherein he picked up nearly two points a game, it looked as if he would surpass his expectations. A freak ankle injury at the end of training camp put an end to the initial optimism. After a few weeks off, Swan returned to the lineup in spite of fears that he was rushed back. Those fears proved correct, as he re-aggravated his injury in the first period of the first game, stepping on a puck. Swan returned in mid-November, and was slowly able to regain his pre-season form, playing a hard-hitting game on the second line. Swan was slated to play in the CHL Top Prospects Game; however, Swan was once again injured shortly before the game, breaking his thumb during a multi-player skirmish. Swan returned after missing nearly ten games, and finished the season strong, putting up 25 points in only 34 games, and seven in 11 playoff games.
Swan plays an up-tempo, rough-and-tumble, heavy-hitting game. He is a hard skater, and is a hard worker in the corners. He also has good drive to the net, and a hard slap shot. He is an adept penalty killer, utilizing his aggressive fore-check regularly to hem in the offense. Not a regular pugilist, the fact that he suffered an injury in a fight is indicative of the bad luck he suffered injury-wise. It should be noted that not one of his injuries was a result of his power-forward style of play, which should alleviate concerns stemming from last season’s “made of glass” demeanor.
Swan will provide goal-scoring and size while trying to make sure his hard-nosed play doesn't work against him and force him out of the lineup with injuries.