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BRIAN SWANSON #37
Centre
Born: Mar 24, 1976
Eagle River, AK
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs
Shoots: Left
San Jose's 5th pick in the 1994 Entry Draft (115th Overall).
Traded to New York Rangers along with Jayson More and a conditional choice in 1998 Entry Draft for Marty McSorley, August 20, 1996.  Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, August 19, 1999.

 
Brian Swanson #37
 OILERS' STATS:
 REGULAR SEASON STATS [thru 4/06/03]:
 SEASON:
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
 2000-01
16
1
1
2
6
 2001-02
8
1
1
2
0
 2002-03
44
2
10
12
10
 TOTAL:
68
4
12
16
16
 PLAYOFF STATS [thru 4/19/03]:
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
0
0
0
0
0
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0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks with the 115th selection of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Swanson moved to the Edmonton Oilers after inking a free-agent deal August 20, 1999.
Swanson played four years for Colorado College, (1995-96 to 1998-99) netting more than 50 points each season.
He earned All-America honors twice and was named a Western Collegiate Hockey Association All-Star four times.
The center was the co-MVP of the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs in 2000-01, scoring 47 points (18 goals and 29 assists).
Swanson made his NHL debut on October 6, 2000 against the Detroit Red Wings and scored his first goal 11 nights later, against the Boston Bruins.
-- Chris Carlson, NHL.com
Brian in action vs. Detroit.
Scouting Report (from TSN):
Assets: Plays a cerebral game, with or without the puck.  Is a good playmaker, hard worker and sound at both ends of the ice.
Flaws: Lacks the scoring skills to fill a role on the top two lines.  Isn't much of a goal-scorer and has limited defensive ability.
Career potential: Swanson will try to earn another ticket to Edmonton.  He may find a role on the fourth line down the road but will need to make adjustments at the NHL level.