[Boston, MA] – Following media availability Thursday morning, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy announced that forward Jordan Szwarz would be in the lineup tonight against the Golden Knights.
Szwarz, 26, has been an AHL player the majority of his professional hockey career. He will be playing in his first NHL game since his brief stint with the Coyotes in 2014-2015. In that nine-game appearance, he recorded only one single point with zero goals.
Although he hasn’t had much of a shot with an NHL team, it’s important to note that the 2009 fourth-round pick has reached a new era of production after joining Providence in 2016-2017. Before his first season with Providence where he recorded 54 points, his previous career-high in points was only 33 points for the Portland Pirates in 2012-2013.
Szwarz is a smart, two-way forward with a good work ethic and skating ability. He has become a go-to player for Providence in just about every on-ice situation you can think of. Despite the typical “norms” of a 26-year old player whom has mostly been an AHL player, Szwarz continues to work and try to improve every day. Given that he is a rather unusual example, maybe, just maybe, the two-way center can provide some NHL-caliber gameplay and step up for an injury-riddled Bruins team.