Jordan Szwarz - RW
When Szwarz was brought to the Bruins organization two summers ago, it was on a minor-league contract. For Jordan, this may have been seen as a blessing; his career with the Coyotes organization had started to wane, and he needed a job somewhere. After putting up just 23 points in 56 games with the Springfield Falcons, Szwarz needed to earn another two-way contract. He did - scoring 54 points in 65 games with Providence in 2016-2017. Boston signed him to a two-way deal, getting him the opportunity to skate with the big club. It unfortunately didn’t amount to much, which was sort of the expectation going into the contract.
Aggregate Grade: C-
His performance in Boston was underwhelming, but given only 12 games and less than 10 minutes of playing time most nights, it’s hard to judge him harshly for a lack of production. Three points with Boston (all assists) aren’t nothing; however, drawing third-line assignments with lineup gaps due to injury was an opportunity for him to regain control of his NHL potential. Unfortunately, that has yet to happen.
He did, however, earn his new contract for 2018-2019: same NHL salary ($650K, if he cracks the lineup) and a serious bump in Providence ($350K, up from $150K). This should hopefully serve to motivate him to continue performing in the AHL, and if he does, look to see him get a bit more of a sniff with Boston this year. It’s more likely that he’ll spend most of the year in Providence telling stories to the young kids about what happens if you don’t produce.
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