"The mark of a great player is when they have the ability to elevate the play of the players around them. Szczechura did more to elevate the play of a prospect like Radek Smolenak in a month than any player or coach had done in the prior one and a half seasons. He's not the most athletically gifted player, but he's a solid, smart, good all-around hockey player, and those types of players are the ones coaches are looking for at any level of the sport." - Pete, BoltProspects
Szczechura is a smart playmaker with very good vision at the offensive side of the rink and soft hands around the net. He's a tireless worker with a high motor who has had to earn his place thus far in his hockey career: nothing has been handed to him. He's solid defensively and on draws. Body positioning and hockey sense are excellent, which makes him look quicker than he actually is. Put simply, he's just a good all-around hockey player.
The biggest knocks on Szczechura have been his lack of size, which has contributed to a lack of durability that has plagued him over the past two seasons.
Szczechura came out of nowhere to earn a contract with the Lightning in the summer of 2008 and now has to be taken seriously as a contender to become a permanent fixture with the Lightning at the center position. The Lightning have already struck gold twice recently with undrafted college players with Martin St. Louis and Eric Perrin, Szczechura could be the third. The key is for Szczechura to stay healthy and learn to condition himself like a professional player. If can become more durable, he projects as a solid third line player who can occassionally spot on a scoring line.