Craig Switzer


Peachland British Columbia



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200 lbs.

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Choosing not to opt in for the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Salmon Arm Silverbacks defenseman Craig Switzer saw his stock rise significantly after a very successful season. He was selected to the 2004 BCHL All-Star Game, and lead the Silverbacks blueline all season long. By the end of the year, Switzer was selected to the Interior Conference 1st All-Star Team along with teammate Travis Zajac. Finally, to top of a great 2003-04 season, Switzer was awarded the BCHL Top Defenseman Award for the Interior Conference.

9th round (275th overall), 2004 by NAS

2006-07: In his three years at UNH, Craig Switzer has established himself as one of the Wildcats top defensemen, logging a lot of ice time and helping to be a stabilizing presence on the blueline. He posted 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) playing in all 39 games. Where Switzer has been particularly effective has been on the Wildcats’ excellent power play. Of Switzer’s 17 points, twelve came on the man-advantage. His plus-21 led UNH and ranked second in Hockey East. Switzer, a player who excels in the classroom as well, was also named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team. 

October 2005 feature on Switzer

2007-08: This was Switzer’s final season at the University of New Hampshire (Hockey East). He registered a career-high 20 points (6g+14a) in 38 games his senior season, and his six goals was good enough to lead all defensemen on the squad. Safe for one game, he played in all UNH contests in his four years with the school. He was selected to the All-Hockey East Second Team.

Talent Analysis

Switzer is an excellent puck-moving defenseman with good size. He makes great use of his 6’2 frame and long reach. He is very strong in his positional play, particularly in one-on-one situations. He is a smooth skater who is strong on his skates, but could be a little quicker in his transitioning. One of his Switzer’s greatest assets are his puck skills. He has great poise and patience with the puck and makes excellent decisions with it. He possesses a very good, fairly accurate shot. Switzer is a smart player who has great vision and awareness. While he won’t hesitate to join the play, it almost never comes at the expense of his defensive responsibilities. Switzer is not a particularly physical player but can finish his checks.