Jordan Szwarz
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Jordan Szwarz

Hometown:

Burlington Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-05-14

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2009

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

4th round (97th overall), 2009

Weight:

189 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2007-08: In his rookie season in the OHL, Jordan Szwarz netted 12 goals and added 21 assists in 65 games for the Saginaw Spirit.  He added 56 penalty minutes while compiling a +11 statistic for the season.  Szwarz failed to pick up a point in 4 playoff games.

2008-09: In 67 games for the Saginaw Spirit, Szwarz improved on his totals from the previous season.  He scored 17 goals while adding 34 assists for the Spirit, to go along with his 76 penalty minutes. Szwarz was a +17 for the season.  He added another goal and five assists in eight postseason games.

2009-10: In Szwarz third season with the Saginaw Spirit he posted 26 goals and 28 assists in 65 games. He also appeared in 6 playoff games, scoring once and adding 2 assists. Szwarz also made his pro debut with the San Antonio Rampage(AHL), appearing in 1 game with the Phoenix Coyotes’(NHL) farm club.

2010-11: Szwarz was the second-leading scorer for Sagniaw in his fourth OHL season with the Spirit. He scored 27 goals with 39 assists and had a team-best +33 plus/minus. Szwarz was one of the more physical players for the Spirit; accumulating 90 PMs. Saginaw finished first in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Szwarz maintained his point-per-game scoring pace in the playoffs, finishing with 4 goals and 9 assists in 12 games and was -3 with 8 PMs.

2011-12: Signed to a three-year, entry-level contract by Phoenix in June 2011, Szwarz made the jump from juniors to pro hockey as a 20-year-old. Hampered by the effects of a nagging shoulder injury suffered in rookie camp for much of the year, he skated in 58 games for Phoenix's AHL affiliate in Portland. Szwarz scored 7 goals with 13 assists and was plus-six with 28 penalty minutes; showing both steady improvement and the inconsistency typical of a first-year AHL player. Pointless in his first seven games, he had points in three straight games in early November. He also had 5 points in five games in January after going nearly two months (12 games) without a point. Portland finished third in the Atlantic Division; missing the playoffs by two points.

2012-13: Szwarz skated for the Coyotes' AHL affiliate in Portland in his second pro season. He appeared in 60 games, suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in April, and scored 11 goals with 22 assists; finishing +7 with 31 penalty minutes. The Pirates finished second in the Atlantic Division and were swept by Eastern Conference champion Syracuse in the first round.

 

Talent Analysis

A gritty winger with a nose for offense, Szwarz is an intelligent player whose work ethic on and off the ice has allowed him to make constant improvements in all areas of his game. He has grown into a leadership role with Portland in the AHL, serving as an alternate captain in just his second season.

 

Future

Szwarz has flourished and improved year by year in the AHL. Solid improvements came between 2011-12 and 2012-13 and more of the same can be expected in 2013-14. Along with an increased role in Portland, Szwarz has the work ethic to possibly play himself into the NHL lineup in the near future.

 

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