Flyers ink former World Junior gold medalist Bardreau
The Philadelphia Flyers have inked another intriguing young free agent, signing Cornell forward Cole Bardreau to an entry-level contract.
Bardreau, 21, is a former U.S. National Development Team member that helped the Americans capture gold at the 2013 World Juniors in Russia -- a team that featured Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere.
Two weeks after capturing gold -- scoring three points in seven games, finishing with a plus-5 rating -- Bardreau returned to Cornell and suffered a fractured C-7 vertebrae in the front and back of his neck on an illegal check. The injury cost him the remainder of his season, but Bardreau returned the following year and had a solid senior campaign this season, recording a career-high 22 points in 30 games to lead the team in scoring.
As mentioned above, Bardreau is just the latest undrafted free agent to join the Flyers. Earlier this week the club inked QMJHL sniper Danick Martel to an entry-level deal. Martel, 20, tore up the Quebec league this season with 48 goals and 102 points in just 63 games.