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.

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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.

2013-14: Szwarz was recalled by the Coyotes at the end of October after being named captain of the AHL’s Portland Pirates coming out of training camp. He made his NHL debut in a game against the Kings on October 29th and scored his first career goal two nights later against Nashville. He scored 3 goals and was -6 with 19 penalty minutes in 26 games for Phoenix before being reassigned to Portland in January. Szwarz scored 8 goals with 8 goals with 6 assists and was -5 with 55 penalty minutes in 27 games with the Pirates. Portland finished last in the Atlantic Division, missing the playoffs. Szwarz was re-signed by the re-named Arizona Coyotes to a two-year contract as a restricted free agent in July 2014. 

2014-15: Szwarz was recalled by the Coyotes at the end of March, skating in nine late season games with Arizona after being limited to 45 games due to injury in his fourth season with AHL-affiliate Portland. He scored 1 goal and was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, averaging 13:28 minutes of ice time with Arizona. Szwarz scored 9 goals with 13 assists and was +3 with 65 penalty minutes with the AHL’s Pirates. Portland finished fourth in the Atlantic Division, falling to eventual Calder Cup champion Manchester in a first-round playoff series.

Talent Analysis

Szwarz has yet to reach his offensive ceiling, but has found a niche as a reliable, bottom-six penalty killer and role player. He has been relied upon for his leadership abilities at the AHL level, serving as both Captain and Alternate in his four years in the system.

Future

Szwarz enters his fifth season in the Arizona organization in 2015-16 and has yet to lock down a full-time NHL job. Entering the second year of a two-year contract, it may be the final year for Szwarz to break camp with the Coyotes, where he needs to show a well-rounded game.

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