CANUCKS THINK BLUE
The Canucks bolstered their blueline by adding more defensive depth to the system by signing 2008 draft pick Yann Sauve and free agents Lee Sweatt and Chris Tanev.
Sauve, 20, appeared in 61 games with the Saint John Sea Dogs in 2009-10, recording 36 points (7-29-36), +42 and 65 penalty minutes.
During the 2009-10 campaign, he was named the QMJHL Scholastic Player of the Month in November 2009, the defensive player of the week (Oct. 19-25) and was a member of the QMJHL Team in the 2009 Subway Super Series between Canada and Russia. Sauve now holds the franchise record for most games played in a career with the Sea Dogs, appearing in 251 over the span of four seasons. Sauve also appeared in 21 playoff games in 2010, collecting 15 points (5-10-15) and 36 penalty minutes.
Sweatt, 24, split the 2009-10 season between Riga Dynamo (KHL) and TPS Turku (FNL). With the Dynamo, the Elburn, Illinois native recorded seven points (2-5-7) and 18 penalty minutes in 37 games. He also collected 16 points (9-7-16) and eight penalty minutes in 21 games with TPS Turku.
Sweatt is the older brother of Bill Sweatt, who was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The brothers played together at Colorado College in 2006-07 when Lee was a Senior and Bill was a Freshman.
In his Senior year with the Tigers, Lee led all defencemen with 24 points (9-15-24) in 37 games. He finished his collegiate career with 89 points (21-68-89) in 157 games.
He played with fellow Canuck prospect, Kris Fredheim for a year in 2006-07 in Colorado.
Tanev, 20, spent the 2009-10 season with the Rochester Institute of Technology, notching 28 points (10-18-28) and four penalty minutes in 41 games. He also led his team in plus/minus (+34).
He led all freshman on RIT in scoring playing with Tiger Captain, Dan Ringwald and scored in his first shift in his first collegiate game. He finished fourth on the team in scoring overall.
RIT had its best finish ever, making their first appearance to the Frozen Four and setting multiple team records including most wins (28), longest winning streak (12), and fewest goals allowed per game (2.18).