The Detroit Red Wings have invited former Anaheim Ducks second-round draft pick Bryce Swan to their training camp in September.
The 6-foot-3, 198-pound forward will try out for a contract at the Red Wings’ prospects tournament from Sept. 13 to 17 in Traverse City, Mich. He will also get a look at Detroit’s main camp from Sept. 20 to 23.
Swan, 20, was drafted 38th overall by the Ducks in the 2006 draft. He turned down contract offers the following two years and was passed over after re-entering the draft in June, thus becoming an unrestricted free agent.
He has played four seasons with the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and at his best is a hard-working forward who goes to the dirty areas to score goals. He projects as a role player, but needs to work on his skating and play a more consistent physical game.
Swan had a disappointing 25 goals among 49 points in 67 games last season, a 10-goal drop from his 35-goal campaign in 2006-07. He bounced back with a terrific post-season run, posting 11 goals and five assists in 13 games.
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Swan plays an up-tempo, rough-and-tumble, heavy-hitting game. He is a hard skater, and is a hard worker in the corners. He also has good drive to the net, and a hard slap shot. He is an adept penalty killer, utilizing his aggressive fore-check regularly to hem in the offense. Not a regular pugilist, the fact that he suffered an injury in a fight is indicative of the bad luck he suffered injury-wise. It should be noted that not one of his injuries was a result of his power-forward style of play, which should alleviate concerns stemming from last season’s “made of glass” demeanor.
Swan will provide goal-scoring and size while trying to make sure his hard-nosed play doesn't work against him and force him out of the lineup with injuries.
Edited by Shutemdown, 14 August 2008 - 01:36 PM.