Bruins Sign Szwarz To One-Year Deal

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By: Mark Allred                        Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The Boston Bruins announced earlier today that the team has come to an agreement on keeping forward Jordan Szwarz with the organization for another year. The 26-year-old Ontario, Canada native has played in 312 career American Hockey League games primarily with the Arizona Coyotes minor-pro affiliates posting 69-97-166 numbers but in 35 career National Hockey League games when he’s been called upon has only produced four points with a +/- of -8. The deal with Szwarz is a two-way deal worth a reportedly $650,000 at the NHL level.

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Last season the 5′-11″ versatile forward (C/RW) played his only season with Boston’s top minor-pro affiliate the Providence Bruins after starting the 2016-17 campaign as an invite to training camp which turned into aa professional; try-out shortly after.  The Baby B’s franchise saw enough of the crafty forward and signed him to an AHL one-year deal in early November of 2016 where he’d go on to play in 65 games last season posting career highs with 22-32-54 numbers and lead the Providence team in scoring just five points ahead of Bruins prospect Jake DeBrusk who had 49 points.

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From watching every Baby B’s game last year that he made an appearance, I have to say I was pleased with his production as a smaller player not only in 5V5 gameplay but a lethal weapon on the special teams as he uses his quick speed to avoid troubling scenarios.  I thought him and Austin Czarnik worked well together covering the 200 feet of ice on a game to game basis. Hard for me to judge if he’s a candidate for a roster spot in September but will certainly challenge some players who are also heavily favored to be in the mix of playing in the NHL for the first time. If Providence is an option, I believe he has the skill and capabilities to pass 60 points next season and could benefit greatly with newcomers Jesse Gabrielle and Zach Senyshyn eligible for full AHL time in 2017-18.

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