2007-08: In his rookie season in the OHL, 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 AHL affiliate 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.
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.
A surprising offensive contributor in his first AHL season, Szwarz is well on his way to becoming a draft day steal and someone who could make the jump to the NHL as a fourth-liner in the near future.