Ottawa Senators: Pending UFA forward Jordan Szwarz signs in KHL

Breaking News: Ottawa Senators’ pending UFA forward Jordan Szwarz has agreed to a one-year contract with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in the KHL. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Much like fellow former-Senator Mikkel Boedker, Jordan Szwarz decided it wasn’t worth it to pursue a contract with the Ottawa Senators or any other NHL team. He decided it would be better to continue his career in Europe, like Boedker.

Boedker signed with HC Lugano in the Swiss League, so they will not be playing any hockey together any time soon.

During the short-lived Ottawa Senators stint of Szwarz’s career, he suited up for three NHL games with the Senators and didn’t put up any points. He was however a key part of the Belleville Senators line-up. He put up 36 points (18G, 18A) in 46 games in the AHL, which tied for 5th on the team.

Szwarz was a pivotal key to the young team’s success on the ice, and an important leader off of it. He meshed well with the team that boasted the likes of Drake Batherson, Alex Formenton, Josh Norris and many other high-flying young talents.

On a team where the top four scorers were all under the age of 21, it was crucial to have a veteran presence to lead the young players down the stretch. He filled the mold perfectly, leading the team to an impressive season on the ice.

After being drafted in the 4th round (97th overall) in the 2009 NHL draft by the Phoenix Coyotes (Now Arizona), he has struggled to make it in the NHL. In 50 games in the NHL, he has scored four goals and added three assists for only seven points.

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Away from the NHL Szwarz is a star, all through junior, when he played four years for the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL, he was a top player on the team. His play translated well in the AHL, in his nine years playing in the AHL, Szwarz put up 296 points (131G, 165A) in 478 games played.

He played for five teams in the AHL and suited up for three teams in the NHL.