Nick Swaney

Minnesota Wild
Courtesy of Duluth News Tribune

Fantasy Summary

Swaney was a late draft year pick, but a promising freshman season indicates a player that could be a bottom-six scorer with patience and development.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country USA
Position RW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth September 10, 1997
Height 5‘10”
Weight 174 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 7; Overall: 209

Observations

April 2018 – Minnesota’s other overage pick in the 2017 draft had a remarkably successful year with Minnesota-Duluth. 22 points in 35 games is a solid start to a college career, and a national championship doesn’t hurt either. The undersized forward will return to Duluth and continue to develop under the close watch of the Wild. With names like Riley Tufte, Dylan Samberg, Mikey Anderson, and Scott Perunovich returning next season, Duluth will be defending their championship with a solid core of players including Swaney. He’ll be one to keep an eye on as the next year or two progress. Will Scouch

 

June 2017 – Minnesota closed its draft by picking this hometown boy from the Waterloo Blackhawks. Headed to an excellent Minnesota-Duluth program, Swaney is the third Wild pick above 2.5 points per hour at even strength. Undrafted twice, Swaney has improved his play continuously. The small center is skilled, and his ability to drive offense and control defense while on the ice was among the best in the USHL this year. If he can improve his strength, he could be a steal.

Minnesota mentioned they selected him so that they didn’t need to try to land him as a college free agent, and I tend to agree. He may need a few years before he makes the jump, but in the seventh round, that tends to be the norm. Will Scouch


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Lakeville South High USHS-MN 25 12 13 25 7 | Playoffs 3 1 2 3
 2013-2014 Lakeville South High USHS-MN 24 13 31 44 14 | Playoffs 2 2 4 6
  Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 4 1 0 1 2 |          
 2014-2015 Team Grey USA-S17 5 2 2 4 - |          
  Team Southeast USHS-MN 20 9 18 27 27 | Playoffs 3 2 4 6
  Lakeville South High USHS-MN 24 25 32 57 0 | Playoffs 2 4 0 4
  Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 15 9 4 13 0 |          
  USA U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 0 2 2 4 |          
 2015-2016 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 54 30 20 50 26 | Playoffs 9 5 4 9
 2016-2017 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 47 26 25 51 12 | Playoffs 8 1 1 2
  USA U19 WJAC-19 5 2 2 4 0 |          
 2017-2018 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 35 6 16 22 6 |          
 2018-2019 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA - - - - - |          

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