(As we attempt to bolster our P-Bruins coverage, we’re trying out new writers. This piece comes from Matt McGuirk. Also, in case you didn’t notice: Szwarz is so “under the radar” that Getty and USA Today had zero photos of him in our archive. No preseason, no semi-pro, nothing.)
While the Providence Bruins have an incredibly young roster this season, there are still a few important veterans on the team.
One them is Jordan Szwarz, a forward who is in his second season with the P-Bruins. The 26-year-old right-wing was vital to Providence’s success last season and is off to a great start this year.
Szwarz joined Providence last season on a PTO and was quickly signed to an AHL contract after registering nine points in eleven games. He went on to enjoy a breakout season, scoring 22 goals and 32 assists for a career-high 54 points.
He continued to produce in the postseason as well, with six goals and five assists in 17 games. His outstanding season earned him a one-year, two-way contract from Boston on July 1st.
Originally a draft pick of the Arizona Coyotes, Szwarz spent four seasons with the Portland Pirates and then one with the Springfield Falcons before signing with Providence last fall. His positive attitude makes him a great leader on and off the ice.
Szwarz has five goals goals and eight points in four games this season and also has a plus-6 rating.
He can play in the top-six, on the penalty-kill, and on the power-play. He is useful in many areas and good things happen when Szwarz is on the ice.
With the number of young prospects on Providence’s roster this season, fans may not hear Szwarz’ name that often when learning about the most buzzed-about prospects.
With that said, it’s not hard to notice the amount of hard work he puts into every game and every shift. He brings energy and leadership to a young squad in Providence, which makes him one of the most important players on the Providence roster.
The P-Bruins are hoping to return to the Eastern Conference Final this season and Szwarz will play a large part in getting them there.
If he keeps up the hard work, he may be making an impact on the pro roster as well.