Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Profile: Bill Sweatt

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Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Profile: Bill Sweatt
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In my last Chicago Blackhawks prospect profile I talked about the Blackhawks 2009 second round pick Brandon Pirri so I thought that I would continue the second round pick love and bring you a profile on forward Bill Sweatt.

Coming into his freshman year at Colorado College, Sweatt was best know for his extraordinary speed and acceleration, great puck control, good defensive awareness, and excellent on-ice vision.

In his freshman season Sweatt would record nine goals and 17 assists in 30 games with the Tigers, which would propel him to be a top 50 prospect heading into the 2007 NHL Draft.

After Sweatt's freshman season he would be selected in second round by the Blackhawks, 38th overall, in the 2007 NHL entry draft and has been a player of much discussion amongst Blackhawks fans.

However, as Sweatt's career at Colorado College progressed his point totals didn't really fluctuate, scoring 27 points in his sophomore year and 23 points in his junior year. You never really saw the big jump in points that you hoped for from Sweatt.

One part of Sweatt's game that progressed throughout his college career was his physicality and his ability to play defensively, which has seen him have more ice time on the penalty kill.

Currently 24 games into his senior season, Sweatt has played well scoring 11 goals and 12 assists, just four points off of his career high of 27 points with 12 games left to play.

After Sweatt's season is over it would seem as though he would look to join the Blackhawks AHL affiliate Rockford Ice Hogs.

Next season however, it is expected that Sweatt will compete for a spot in the NHL roster as there looks to be a major talent turnover after the 2009 season.

Sweatt looks like his potential will be a top six forward, but it is possible that he would likely see time on the Blackhawks' third line if he were to make the squad. He is disciplined with the puck and is has a good defensive part to his game to go with his strong offensive game.

In my mind if Sweatt can have a solid tryout with the Ice Hogs at the end of the season and have a solid training camp he could actually find himself on the NHL roster with the lack of skilled forwards currently in the Blackhawks' system.

Only time will tell what Sweatt's true potential will be at the NHL level, but from what he has proven in international competition and in collegiate hockey, the Blackhawks should be excited for what Sweatt could bring their lineup in the not so distant future.

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