This past Thursday, the Flyers came to terms with 2008 Third Round Pick, Marc-Andre Bourdon, on an Entry-Level Deal. Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren was pleased with the move, as Bourdon makes the transition from Junior Hockey to the Professional level.
“Marc-Andre turns pro after an outstanding 2008-09 season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he was honored for his play during the regular season and in the playoffs,” Holmgren said. “We believe Marc-Andre has tremendous potential to develop into a solid defenseman at the next level.”
The nineteen year old Bourdon, who stands on the smaller side for a professional defenseman at 6 feet tall, compensates for his height with his strength and playing ability. Bourdon weighs 215 pounds, and compiled 60 points as well as 112 penalty minutes between two clubs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and Rimouski Oceanic. Bourdon played 54 games altogether in 2008-2009.
Along with the agreement concerning Bourdon, the Flyers also came to terms with five Free Agents over the course of the past two weeks. The Orange and Black inked Lukas Kaspar, Krys Kolanos, Mike Pyorala, Jason Ward, and Joey Mormina all to one year deals.
Of the five players, Kaspar and Kolanos will likely have the best chances of competing for spots on the Flyers’ roster at some point this season. Kaspar, who
was the 22nd overall pick of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, is still only 23 years old, and split time last season with the San Jose Sharks and the team’s AHL Afilliate, the Worcester Sharks. Krys Kolanos is a bit more seasoned, and the 27 year old has bounced around the NHL and AHL ranks the past five seasons, most notably seeing NHL time with the Phoenix Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers, and Minnesota Wild.
Jason Ward was mentioned on here in an earlier post, and should provide a great deal of leadership on the Phantoms this season. Mike Pyorala competed on Timra of the Swedish Elite League last season – he’ll be reunited with teammate Johan Backlund on the Phantoms this year - and compiled 43 points and 22 goals in 55 regular season games. Pyorala was the team leader in goals and points for Timra last season, as well. Joey Mormina was the lone defenseman signed by the Flyers out of the crop of five players, and spent last season with the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Penguins of the American Hockey League, recording 11 points in 70 games played. He also appeared in 12 playoff games during SWB’s run in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Although these acquisitions certainly will help the Adirondack Phantoms on the upcoming campaign, they will likely have little to no impact on the Philadelphia Flyers roster. Of the six names mentioned in this post, the only future Flyer is presumably Bourdon, who has NHL stuff already at the young age of nineteen, but the prospects remain of an injury-related call-up for the likes of Kolanos, Kaspar, or even Ward. The Phantoms, meanwhile, are looking to build on a playoff appearance that lasted only four games last season, as they fell victim to a sweep at the hands of the eventual Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears.