Position: Left Wing
Team: Colorado College
Scouting Report: Colorado College's Illinois burner is one of the fastest players in the draft .. has short, choppy strides where he gains a lot of ice and catches guys quickly .. a deadly straight line skater who can outrace many opponents .. possesses okay agility and tends to hop at times to get going .. not the most fluid stickhandler, but makes his mark with his puck protection .. likes to go wide on defenders, hang the puck on the right side using his body as a shield, and then drives to the net with great success .. a heads up player in all three zones and is an aware conscience .. great on the backcheck with persistence and speed/power ratio to quietly body guys off the puck .. became more electric on the rush as the season wore on and displayed some neat end to end dances .... forechecks hard and does not mind going through guys to get to the puck .. a smart checker who knows when to press and hit and when to lay off and focus on his offensive efforts .. a good passer who chooses safe plays for the most part .. can go quite a long time without taking a shot and being noticeable offensively .. needs to gain more lower body strength and mass .. Sweatt is a forward whose skating will only sharpen and impress as he moves up the ladder, but will his offensive talents stagnate in development?
2006-2007 Regular Season Stats
Draft Day Status/Projection: Even though there are legitimate concerns about his offensive capability, Sweatt shows all the parts of being a complete player. He's heads up defensively, is a magnificent skater, and has nice size and grit. Making the USA WJC U20 team and playing well shows his ability to perform at a high level at a pretty young age. Since the draft is all about projection, he is one of our projection picks who we think will come around and make it. As a result, DraftBuzz had him 10th in the last ranking. However, he is definately a candidate to slip a little bit and end up in the 16-24 range with the top 15 teams possibly looking to go in other directions than the American speedster.