Marc-Andre Bourdon’s season just keeps getting worse.
Entering the preseason behind seventh defender Oskars Bartulis on the Flyers’ defensive depth chart, the former third-round selection in the 2008 NHL draft, has had a down year with the league-worst Adirondack Phantoms, scoring just one goal and six assists with a minus-11 rating in 33 games. His performance as a 21-year-old, which has been unimpressive all season, has even recently landed him in the press box as a healthy scratch.
When Flyers’ defenseman Kimmo Timonen was ruled questionable during the team’s latest road swing over the holidays, the Flyers called on Phantoms’ d-man Erik Gustafsson, not Bourdon, to take his place. In fact, Bourdon wasn’t even in the discussion.
But the bulky rear guard’s season may have hit its low point on Jan. 1, when he was brutally knocked out in a fight with the Albany Devils’ Dan Kelly. Bourdon was clobbered by a punch from Kelly that caused him to fall back and hit his head on the ice.
He remains out of the lineup.
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