2008-09: Shawn Szydlowski scored 23 goals with 23 assists and was -11 with 80 PMs in his second OHL season with the Erie Otters. In the Otter's five-game, first-round playoff loss to London he scored 2 goals, was an even plus/minus and had 14 PMs.
2009-10: Szydlowski continued to play a physical game while chipping in offensively in his third OHL season with Erie. His 90 PMs were second-most on the Otters while he scored 21 goals with 27 assists with a -14 plus/minus in 65 games. Szydlowski tied for the team lead in points in their first-round playoff series with eventual Memorial Cup-champ Windsor, scoring 1 goal with 4 assists and finishing -1 with 2 PMs in four games.
2010-11: Szydlowski made his pro debut with AHL Portland and signed an entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres in April 2011 after scoring 41 goals for Erie in his final season of junior hockey. In two April games with Portland he was scoreless and -1 with 3 shots on goal. In addition to scoring 41 goals for Erie, he added 37 assists and had a positive plus/minus for the first time in his junior career (+19). He continued his physical play, accumulating 79 PMs, and was effective in odd-man situations, scoring 11 goals on the power play and adding 4 short-handed goals. Erie, which won 40 games for the first time since 2001-02, lost to Windsor in the first round for the second straight year. Szydlowski scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was +3 with 14 PMs in the high-scoring, seven-game series.
2011-12: Szydlowski saw limited ice time in his first pro season; skating in 53 games for Buffalo's AHL affiliate Rochester and playing mostly in a lower line role. He had 8 assists with 21 penalty minutes and was minus-seven for the Amerks. Sent to the ECHL's Gwinnett Gladiators for six games in February, he scored his first professional goal and also had 2 assists.
Szydlowski can play center but is more likely a winger at the NHL level. He can play a physical game should the need arise, but at times he lacks the foot speed and agility to catch up to the opposition or create room for himself in the offensive zone.
Szydlowski spent most of the season in the AHL despite a short demotion to the ECHL. His scoring prowess was not on display last year, but that could change if he gets more ice time.