Vancouver--The Vancouver Canucks have done something the Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs have not accomplished--sign prospect Bill Sweatt to an Entry Level contract Thursday.
Bill Sweatt, 21, 38 overall pick in the 2007 draft was selected by Chicago and played out his career in Colorado College of NCAA. Last season, he scored 15-18-33 in 39 games.
This is a quick description of Sweatt:
- Fast, blazing speed forward
- can shoot the puck and
- make plays at high speeds.
- Sweatt is dependable in his own end,
- kills penalties
- exceptional vision on the ice
- makes good decision with the puck
- very rarely does he give it away
His coach Scott Owens at Colorado College had this to say about Bill Sweatt:
"We've been very impressed with Billy's overall performance. His overall speed and ability to open things up were such that they were obvious from day one. Sometimes Billy goes so fast that it's hard for guys to stay up with him. He has a very good team game concept and we feel confident with him in all areas. He's been really good for us."
Why did Bill Sweatt end up as a Vancouver Canucks prospect?
The story goes like this:
Chicago Blackhawks felt they have invested enough effort, time and money on Bill so it was time to either sign him or deal him via trade route.
They couldn't sign him, so Brian Burke came along to snatch up Kris Versteeg in a package with Bill Sweatt to Toronto. Burke was on record of saying how a more experience agent would have come to an agreement with the Leafs. Scott Norton, the agent for Bill Sweatt was criticized by Burke. However, Burkie was probably just taking things personally like he often does. Scott Norton has been in business for close to decades. Canucks and Canucks fans surely wouldn't mind at all.
Bill Sweatt became an unrestricted free agent on Aug.15, when people shifted all eyes on Tomas Kaberle and his non-trade headline news.
Bill Sweatt also had incentives to join the Northwest division team. Lee Sweatt, other brother of Bill, was signed as a free agent defenseman on May 31 by the Canucks. The brothers will probably start the year in Manitoba unless Bill Sweatt can crack the bottom-six forward group.
Thank you Leafs. Thank you for your contributions.
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