2014-15 Team: Noble & Greenough (NEPSIHA)
College Commitment: Yale University (2016)
Hometown: Hanson, Mass.
Date of Birth: 2/6/96
Final Central Scouting Ranking: N/A
A second-time eligible in 2015, Billy Sweezey's name isn't on NHL Central Scouting's final rankings, but don't be surprised if the Hanson, Mass. native gets snagged towards the end of the draft.
The Nobles senior certainly doesn't have the skating or stick skills of the upper echelon defensive products in the draft, but he's a physically imposing and tough blue liner who plays with a mean streak. There isn't a defenseman in prep hockey who was better at containment and winning one-on-one battles.
He had solid offensive output in his final two seasons of prep hockey for Brian Day's club. Although he doesn't have the wow factor offensively, he does a nice job getting shots through and on net from the point.
Sweezey had plenty of exposure to NHL scouts in tournaments such as the Flood-Marr and the New England Prep School Elite Tournament. In addition to his time in a Nobles uniform, Sweezey skated for the Cape Cod Whalers 18U team that competed at the USA Hockey Nationals in Amherst in March. He was also very solid at the Beantown Spring Classic in the draft division in March.
Sweezey, who was passed up in last June's NHL Draft, was invited to the Boston Bruins Development Camp as a non-rostered invitee. The Bruins are one of several organizations who like the rugged defenseman who will play his college hockey at Yale University.
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