There’s no way around it, the blue line for the Philadelphia Flyers is quite literally in shambles at the moment, as their failed summer of 2012 continues.
Having lost out on potentially signing Shea Weber and Chris Pronger‘s career looking more and more over, the depth on defense was already poor enough. But a season ending injury to Andrej Meszaros and losing Andreas Lilja for fourth months have left the Flyers with very few options.
That’s where the youngsters on this team are going to have to step it up, and perhaps none more than second-year defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon.
Bourdon signed a new contract with the Flyers almost immediately after the Meszaros injury, keeping him in the organization on a multi-year deal. He was drafted in 2008 by the Flyers, but didn’t make his NHL debut until last season. Bourdon appeared in 45 games for the Flyers last season, putting up seven points in 45 games and a plus-4.
Coming into the new season, Bourdon has already stated that he hopes to play a larger role with the Flyers in 2012-2013. And given the current state of the Philadelphia blue line, it’s very likely that he’s going to get his opportunity to do so.
Bourdon performed well towards the end of last season, when he was called back up from Adirondack. Three of his seven points on the year came in the final four games of the regular season. He also saw some time in the opening round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Bourdon brings size and physicality to the blue line for the Flyers. He finished with 73 points and 77 blocks in those 45 games last season. He has the tools to be an asset for the Flyers. He’ll need to put those to good use and prove he belongs in the lineup regularly this season. With the Flyers’ blue line in as bad of shape as it is, he’ll have every opportunity to do so.