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#1 Ilya Kovalchuk.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:57 PM

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=331039

The Vancouver Canucks have signed forward Bill Sweatt, the club announced on Friday.

In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sweatt, 21, led Colorado College in scoring in 2009-10, registering 33 points (15-18-33) in 39 games.

The 6'0" Elburn, Illinois native won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2007 World Junior Championships. He was awarded Top Forward at the IIHF U-18 World Championships in 2006, where he captured gold with Team USA.


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  • Name: Billy Sweatt
  • Position: LW
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 180 lbs
  • Birthdate: 1988-09-21
  • Eligible for Draft: 2007
  • Drafted: 2007
  • Hometown: Elburn, Illinois
  • Acquired: 2nd round (38th overall), 2007 by CHI
  • Playing In: NCAA

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SWEATT'S CAREER STATISTICS

--- Regular Season ---
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM
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2004-05 U.S. National Under-18 Te NAHL 41 7 9 16 12
2005-06 U.S. National Under-18 Te NAHL 17 10 15 25 4
2006-07 Colorado College NCAA 30 9 17 26 18
2007-08 Colorado College NCAA 37 10 17 27 38
2008-09 Colorado College NCAA 37 12 11 23 28
2009-10 Colorado College NCAA 39 15 18 33 18
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 12:06 AM

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 12:14 AM

Loks like a great depth guy now, Winnipeg bound. Future could be bright. Not very big but offensive upside. A +1 to MG!

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 12:15 AM

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 12:46 AM

Another free prospect for the Canucks organization. Hopefully he does well with the Moose.
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 01:00 AM

WTF google was here? (I saw it at the bottom)

Anyways sweet signing, free prospects never hurt.
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 01:23 AM

Good addition to a decimated Moose lineup, but who knows, maybe he can push for a roster spot? Good to give Hodgson, Schroeder and Shirokov MORE competition.
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 02:04 AM

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 02:45 AM

I made a highlight compilation of Sweatt.



The guys definitely has some elite speed and acceleration. I would say that he reminds me of Raymond but he doesn't have that same shiftiness. He's more north/south like a Matt Lombardi or Torrey Mitchell. A lot of reports have him pegged as an elite 3rd line PK guy as his max. potential. I hope he can create turnovers on the PK like he does at 0:52 mark in the NHL.
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 07:13 AM

Love this signing even more because it pisses off both Leaf fans and Burkie. HAHA!
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 08:25 AM

Good signing. If I recall, there were many posters on this forum that felt Bill Sweatt should have been the Canucks first round pick in 2007 instead of Patrick White.
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 08:38 AM

Love this signing even more because it pisses off both Leaf fans and Burkie. HAHA!

Agreed!! Looks like hes got good speed. Great depth move
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 08:38 AM

I love that we already have his brother Lee in the system. This is a great signing.
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 08:43 AM

Love this signing even more because it pisses off both Leaf fans and Burkie. HAHA!



Reading the comments on Tsn, some Leafs fans are upset and bashing him for not signing with the Leafs...

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 10:16 AM

Too bad for the Moose they won't have Cory Schneider, or they'd be favourites for the Calder.
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 10:35 AM

Too bad for the Moose they won't have Cory Schneider, or they'd be favourites for the Calder.

Hopefully Eddie Lack can play some solid goaltending for them.
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 11:18 AM

Article from November 2009 about him

Winger Sweatt doing all the small things for CC
Comments 1 November 04, 2009 4:34 PM JOE PAISLEY THE GAZETTE Bill Sweatt has been doing all the little things on and off the ice — that don't show up in the stats — the Tigers have needed in their 4-1-1 start.

Fortunately, for Colorado College (3-0-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association), he's also producing. The hard-working senior is tied for fourth in points in the WCHA with 10 (seven assists).

Others in the WCHA have more points — including three on this weekend's foe, Minnesota-Duluth — but it's hard to say if anyone has had as big an impact as Sweatt, a second-round (No. 38) pick of the Blackhawks in the 2007 entry draft.

"He's done a lot of little things and been able to chip in offensively," coach Scott Owens said.

But the biggest contribution may be how the talented senior has developed as a leader.

"He looks stronger, more confident and more comfortable with himself," Owens said. "He's team-oriented and playing under control. All rolled together that makes for a very good hockey player."

The senior from Ann Arbor, Mich., had good numbers (31 goals, 45 assists) the first three years of his career — including 12 and 11 in 2008-09 despite missing four games to play for the U.S. at the junior world championships.

Sweatt worked hard this offseason to improve his stick handling and be a more well-rounded player. It has shown as a key player on special teams. He's been a top player on the WCHA's third-best penalty kill (31-of-35, 88.6 percent) and on the WCHA-leading power play (11-of-34, 32.4 percent), which has helped CC lead the league with 3.83 goals.

"If there's one thing I've focused on it is improving my stick handling but really it was about getting a little better at everything," he said.

His worth to the Tigers — thanks to his game-changing speed— has been clear from the start. Now as an alternate captain, Sweatt helps captain Mike Testwuide lead in the locker room too.

"I'm more a leadership by example guy," Sweatt said. "I'm not a talker. I tell guys what they need to do when I need to but I just work hard."

He's been a good example, whether it is his offseason work or during games.

When senior Dan Quilico sprained his left wrist against Michigan Tech, Owens double-shifted Sweatt because Owens knew the senior was fit enough to handle the extra time. He's also one Owens can count on.

"He's out there late in the game when you want a veteran out there," Owens said.

It comes down to the hard work Sweatt takes pride in.

"You work hard every night and you lay the foundation," he said. "You may not win every night, but if you're still setting a good foundation the wins will start coming."

His example has helped the team to a No. 11 ranking in the USA Today weekly poll.

"Everyone's bought into it," Sweatt said. "I saw this coming. We had a good spring and fall because we're a hard-working team. We know there are no shortcuts."



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Posted 20 August 2010 - 11:26 AM

I like the winning attitude he displays in that interview. I'm unsure how to take the attitude that led to him refusing to sign with either Chicago and Toronto. I mean, I like it because he ended up coming to Vancouver, but I'm really curious as to why he didn't want to sign with Chicago or Toronto.
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 12:03 PM

Great to have him.. but if I was him I would have joined the Maple Leafs.

You get more of a chance there then here.
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 12:04 PM

He definitely has potential to be an impact player. In the highlights shown, he owned everyone with his speed.
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 12:20 PM

I appreciate the fact that MG has worked hard to rebuild the farm system after Nonis let it wither away. It is basically a numbers game. Any one guy, like Sweatt, is a longshot to ever contribute significantly to the Canucks but, out of 3 or 4 guys like Sweatt, we might expect one to pan out -- ant that makes it all worthwhile.

And the fans in Winnipeg should have a solid Moose team this year.
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 01:11 PM

Excellent pickup!
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 01:19 PM

Great to have him.. but if I was him I would have joined the Maple Leafs.

You get more of a chance there then here.


You have to understand, he is coming from the NCAA college ranks. He played 39 games last year, and for the last 4 years actually. He will double that next year with the Moose. He will hit a wall at some point. Double the games, double the skill and age of players. A smart move would be to look around the league at what team is spending the most on its player development, and what team has a load of prospects ahead of you to reduce immediate pressure to play at an NHL level when your development clearly is not yet at that level. Wow, that sounds like the Canucks. A smart move would also be to avoid any organizations that stoop to media slander in attempts to sign players. Wow, that sounds like the Leafs!

He made the right call. People on CDC only focus on making it to the NHL immediately, with no regard on what it might cost the player in his development in the long run. How many careers were ruined because players made the jump too early?

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 02:04 PM

You have to understand, he is coming from the NCAA college ranks. He played 39 games last year, and for the last 4 years actually. He will double that next year with the Moose. He will hit a wall at some point. Double the games, double the skill and age of players. A smart move would be to look around the league at what team is spending the most on its player development, and what team has a load of prospects ahead of you to reduce immediate pressure to play at an NHL level when your development clearly is not yet at that level. Wow, that sounds like the Canucks. A smart move would also be to avoid any organizations that stoop to media slander in attempts to sign players. Wow, that sounds like the Leafs!

He made the right call. People on CDC only focus on making it to the NHL immediately, with no regard on what it might cost the player in his development in the long run. How many careers were ruined because players made the jump too early?


Going to the NHL ASAP is always better than being "over-cooked" in the AHL and being labeled a career AHL. But that being said, the TML probably wouldn't be the best place to start either. Getting almost no points and having a terrible +/- because of crappy linemates probably won't help to progress your career much, lol.

The best scenario would be to sign with a team with lots of skills, with lots of upside. Teams like Anaheim or even Colorado.
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 02:18 PM

Going to the NHL ASAP is always better than being "over-cooked" in the AHL and being labeled a career AHL. But that being said, the TML probably wouldn't be the best place to start either. Getting almost no points and having a terrible +/- because of crappy linemates probably won't help to progress your career much, lol.

The best scenario would be to sign with a team with lots of skills, with lots of upside. Teams like Anaheim or even Colorado.


You're missing the point.

Sweatt is not properly conditioned to play in the NHL in a prominent role yet having chosen NCAA over the WHL or other leagues that model their schedule after the pros. He has not played more than 40 games a year in the last 4 years. To double that playing schedule can lead to serious fatigue, malnourishment, and development problems. Not to mention he has yet to even play an AHL game, I don't get some people saying he is NHL ready. A 3rd line role at best, getting 60 games this year would be his highest potential this year.


And in response to the bolded part, I don't agree with that even in the slightest. Following your logic, why not skip Junior hockey, or Bantam for that matter? These gradual levels of higher skill are there for a reason. You don't see someone skip over Jr. straight to the pros, because there is too much of a learning curve. You don't want to kill the kid.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 03:47 PM

You're missing the point.

Sweatt is not properly conditioned to play in the NHL in a prominent role yet having chosen NCAA over the WHL or other leagues that model their schedule after the pros. He has not played more than 40 games a year in the last 4 years. To double that playing schedule can lead to serious fatigue, malnourishment, and development problems. Not to mention he has yet to even play an AHL game, I don't get some people saying he is NHL ready. A 3rd line role at best, getting 60 games this year would be his highest potential this year.


And in response to the bolded part, I don't agree with that even in the slightest. Following your logic, why not skip Junior hockey, or Bantam for that matter? These gradual levels of higher skill are there for a reason. You don't see someone skip over Jr. straight to the pros, because there is too much of a learning curve. You don't want to kill the kid.


Your logic is flawed. If I was a free agent... I would choose a team that gives me the best chance in playing in the Nhl.

It doesn't matter if he's not ready yet...

AHL- crap pay NHL- Good pay.

I can name a lot of people that skipped "juniors".

Bozak
Bailey
Gagner
the list goes on...

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 05:41 PM

Your logic is flawed. If I was a free agent... I would choose a team that gives me the best chance in playing in the Nhl.

It doesn't matter if he's not ready yet...

AHL- crap pay NHL- Good pay.

I can name a lot of people that skipped "juniors".

Bozak
Bailey
Gagner
the list goes on...


He's not going to be able to play in the NHL, regardless of who signs him. Therefore, his best interest is to go to a place that will not overwork him. Somewhere that actually has a good system for prospects, because that is what he is. In our organization, playing with his brother (probably one of the biggest incentives), he's going to have a much easier time with better coaches, better teammates, and therefore an all-around better atmosphere. This all adds up to a higher potential in the long run, and he probably knows this. He needs to ease himself into a condtition where he will be able to withstand playing in the NHL. THEN, he can go by your logic, when he is ready.
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 06:52 PM

And in response to the bolded part, I don't agree with that even in the slightest. Following your logic, why not skip Junior hockey, or Bantam for that matter? These gradual levels of higher skill are there for a reason. You don't see someone skip over Jr. straight to the pros, because there is too much of a learning curve. You don't want to kill the kid.


A major difference between those from Major Junior and those from the NCAA is the age and competition level.

Sweatt is already 21 and have played against men, so he's already closer to reaching the NHL than most kids who just got drafted.

The part about making/break the kid, that's usually a big issue when it comes to high-end prospects, but since Bill Sweatt was brought in as a UFA, there's no loss in asset even if he doesn't pan out. Plus, if he does do the jump to the major leagues, he'll be in a depth role anyways, so the pressure will be minimal.

But, I guess we can agree to disagree.
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Posted 21 August 2010 - 10:25 AM

AHL With his brother a few call ups until he's really ready for an actual spot on the NHL roster but as for now we are really jam packed with forwards so it wouldn't hurt to let Bill develop within the AHL.
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Posted 21 August 2010 - 10:44 AM

I made a highlight compilation of Sweatt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhAMEzNECSo&feature=player_embedded

The guys definitely has some elite speed and acceleration. I would say that he reminds me of Raymond but he doesn't have that same shiftiness. He's more north/south like a Matt Lombardi or Torrey Mitchell. A lot of reports have him pegged as an elite 3rd line PK guy as his max. potential. I hope he can create turnovers on the PK like he does at 0:52 mark in the NHL.


I just noticed the guys mentioned in the video...seems like he's faired well against some good competition. Guys like TJ Oshie, Blake Wheeler etc.
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