Two-way defenseman that has solid positioning and awareness but needs to improve his skating. Bottom-pair ceiling.
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July 2022 – Sward has been selected by the Nashville Predators with the 146th overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.
After going undrafted in 2021, most likely due to only having 11 games played, Sward bounced back in a big way for his DY+1. In 57 games with Spokane, he had ten goals and 43 points. His game still has flaws, but he could become a reliable bottom-pair defenseman if all goes according to plan. Getting some work in with Nashville’s development team will be crucial, especially for his skating. Curtis Rines