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The Flyers announced via Twitter today that they have agreed to an entry level contract with undrafted Cornell University forward Cole Bardreau. Bardreau, who recently completed his 4th year with Cornell, had 22 points in 36 games for the Big Red this season.
Bardreau is a 5′ 10”, 184 pound forward who typically plays as a right wing or a center. He was a member of the 2013 USA World Junior Championship Gold Medal team before sustaining a serious neck injury during January of 2013.
Below are Bardreau’s career regular season stats via HockeyDB.Com
HockeysFuture.Com had the following to say about Bardreau back in 2013:
Bardreau is a smart, two-way center with great hands and stick that excels in the grind game. The role that he was given in the WJC is similar to the role that he has played at Cornell this season. He’s equally good at both ends of the ice and has blossomed into an outstanding penalty killer. One area where Bardreau was particularly effective for the Big Red this season was on face-offs, winning over 56 percent of his draws. The Fairport, NY native isn’t big (5’11”, 184 lbs.), but what he lacks in size he makes up for with tremendous work ethic. Many of the offensive opportunities he creates come through hard work and his relentless pursuit of the puck.
Seems like another decent signing for the Flyers. Bardreau will be considered a relative long shot to succeed at the NHL level, but it is another low-risk, high reward type signing. Regardless, it is nice to see a kid who came back from such a scary injury get rewarded for his efforts.