At the very least he gives us another real interesting story to follow next year in camp, and then onwards through the Moose season.....or a surprise on the Canuck roster. Also he's 1 year too young to sign a Girardi contract. If he is signed he's still an ELC.
5'8" 200 pounds.
I know absolutely nothing about this player, so this might not be applicable to him. However, someone 5'8" and 200 pounds (not soft pounds) could actually be stronger than someone who is 6'1" and 200 pounds.
I used to have a friend that was about 5'8" and 200 pounds that we used to play tackle foot ball with. What I remember most about him is that he was very fast and he used to be able to run with several bodies drapped over him trying to tackle him. You literally had to take his feet out from under him to tackle him. He was like a little tank.
He also played junior hockey and I understand that he was scouted by quite a few NHL teams. I lost track of him, so I don't know what happened to him, but my point is when I saw that this guy was 5'8" and 200 pounds, it reminded me of my old friend.
I wonder why people are judging this guy based on the fact he is only 5' 8". If he is like my old friend he is actually much wider bodied than someone 6'1 200 pounds and I am not talking pudgy.
Because the GM I think tends to put a fair bit of stock into what the scouts are telling them.
Your logic doesn't follow.
Scouts provide talent evaluations. At the very most, they would probably say "he would be good/not good for this organization".
But even given that information, it is eventually up to the GM or AGM to sign these NCAA free agents.
Canucks were in the mix for Bobby Butler who ended up signing with Ottawa, as well as Lee Baldwin (NYR). There are a number of reasons why they didn't sign with Vancouver -- perceived organizational need, contract numbers, etc. -- but none of these are of any fault to the scouting staff.
The Canucks have signed defenseman Lee Sweatt, the older brother of Hawks prospect Billy Sweatt. Lee has played the past two years in the Finland, and has been one of the best defensemen in the FNL. He is built like a fire hydrant at 5’9” and 200 pounds. Picture for visual proof. Sweatt had nine goals and 24 points in his final NCAA season with Colorado College in 2006-07. His college numbers as well as his production in Finland is similar to that of Brian Rafalski (who is 5’10” and 200 pounds). Rafalski didn’t make his NHL debut with New Jersey until he was 26. Sweatt turns 25 this August. Vancouver has a lot of question marks on the back end heading into next season, and they obviously view Sweatt as a guy who can compete for a roster spot. This isn’t an AHL signing, as he is making much more money over in Finland than he would playing in the AHL. He should be on your radar as a sleeper defenseman to watch for in 2010-11.