Danny Syvret and Rob Bordson’s time in the Ducks organization did not last long.
On Sunday, Syvret and Bordson were traded to Philadelphia for a pair of forwards off the Flyers’ American Hockey League roster, Patrick Maroon and David Laliberte. Syvret’s opportunities for advancement figured to dwindle when the Ducks got defenseman Andy Sutton back off injured reserve Sunday.
More than that, their AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch were having trouble scoring.
“We were trying to get a little bit of help up front down there,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. “We’ve
had guys in and out of the lineup. We had a chance to get a couple of
wingers that we like. You have to give a little to get that. We went out
and made the change.”
Maroon, who had five goals and eight points in nine games for the Adirondack Phantoms, and Laliberte (2 goals, 8 points in 18 games for Adirondack) should be able to help with the scoring. A former
sixth-round draft pick by the Flyers in 2007, Maroon has yet to reach
A total of 12 players were cut from the Ducks’ training camp roster today: Nick Bonino, Rob Bordson, Mat Clark, Nicolas Deschamps, Joe DiPenta, Brandon McMillan, Mark Mitera and Kyle Palmieri were assigned to American Hockey League affiliate Syracuse. Emerson Etem (Medicine Hat/WHL), Peter Holland (Guelph/OHL), Devante Smith-Pelly (Mississauga/OHL) and Scott Valentine (Oshawa/OHL) were assigned to their respective junior teams.
None of the assignments were unexpected. DiPenta, who had already signed an AHL contract, was in camp on a pro tryout but not expected to make the NHL team.
Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said he was impressed with the Long Beach native Etem, a first-round draft pick in June and Smith-Pelly, a second-round pick.
A few notes from Day 3 of camp, easily the most interesting of the three days so far:
The politically correct locker-room term is “chippiness.” Call it what you will – 6-foot-6 defenseman Andy Sutton had to be separated from a couple teammates after making contact in open ice, and Corey Perry punched Dan Sexton in the head during the scrimmage.
Sexton upended Perry along the boards during the first 30-minute scrimmage session, sending both tumbling to the ice. Perry didn’t like it, and jabbed his teammate’s helmet. He also poked his stick into Sexton’s back as the two reached the bench. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Sexton didn’t retaliate either time. Said head coach Randy Carlyle, “guys get tired playing and practicing against one another. We always call the third day of training camp the ‘hump day.’ … They get a little grouchy playing against one another.”
Teemu Selanne scored past two goalies with one shot. How? The black team was in the middle of a goalie change (Igor Bobkov was about to be replaced by Curtis McElhinney) when Selanne put a backhand on net. The two netminders exchanged an awkward look, sort of like that “I got it/you take it” look between two infielders deciding who should catch a pop fly. No one touched the puck as it slid into the empty net.
Selanne scored another goal, and Maxime Macenauer, Lubomir Visnovsky, Josh Green, Danny Syvret, Rob Bordson, Corey Perry and Sexton all scored one each in the White Team’s 7-2 win.
The Ducks went out winners at the Young Stars tournament in Penticton, B.C., topping the Vancouver Canucks’ rookies 4-2.
After two straight losses in which they were outmuscled for net position and looked lost on special teams, the kids turned it around in a major way. A pair of power-play goals, by Rob Bordson and Cam Fowler, staked the Ducks to a 2-0 lead through two periods.
In the third, Vancouver came back to tie the game at 2 against goaltender Timo Pielmeier, who lost the tournament opener Sunday. But center Maxime Macenauer, who spent all of last season with ECHL affiliate Bakersfield, scored the game-winner with less than three minutes to play. Kyle Palmieri’s empty-net goal provided the final score.
The Ducks led in the shot column, 33-18, and Pielmeier needed only 16 saves for the win. Russian goalie Igor Bobkov was on the bench for the first time in the tournament, but the Ducks’ third-round 2009 draft pick did not appear in the game.
Junior wing Rob Bordson, who recently signed with the NHL’s Anaheim
Ducks, was named the Most Improved Player. He went from zero points in
15 games as a sophomore to 12 goals and 28 assists for 40 points last
Saku Koivu has perfected the 6-on-4, third-period, game-tying goal.
On Saturday, he also found the perfect shootout move.
A late power-play goal by Koivu sent the Ducks into overtime for the second straight night. But unlike after Friday’s shootout loss to Vancouver, Anaheim was in a celebratory mood after Koivu lifted a forehand past Jonathan Quick in the third shootout round against the Kings.
Dave McNab, senior vice president of hockey operations for the NHL’s
Anaheim Ducks, says he was sold on Rob Bordson during a UMD home series
against Colorado College in January. Bordson, an undrafted junior
forward from Duluth, went on to have 12 goals and 28 assists for 40
points in 40 games this season.
McNab, a former Wisconsin goalie,
saw Bordson as a good pro prospect and completed a two-year, free-agent
signing Sunday in Duluth. After recording zero points in 15 games as a
sophomore, Bordson spent considerable time preparing for 2009-10 with
“I saw a player who really came into his
own this season and is on the fast track to being a good pro player,”
McNab said. “We think he can make even bigger strides. He shoots well,
can score goals, definitely makes plays and can skate. We went out of
our way to make sure Rob knew we wanted him in our organization.”
figures he, along with Anaheim front office personnel and scouts,
watched Bordson in 24 games. The Ducks regard him as a center or left
winger. The former Duluth Marshall athlete reported to the Ducks on
Wednesday for a physical and begins practicing with the team Sunday. The
Ducks, with eight regular-season games remaining, will pay Bordson
approximately $4,000 a day while with the NHL team. He gave up his final
year of college eligibility.
The Ducks have signed University of Minnesota-Duluth junior Rob Bordson to a two-year, entry-level contract.
The 21-year-old, listed as both a center and a left wing, came out of nowhere last season to record 12 goals and 40 points in 40 games for the Bulldogs. From the UMD Web site:
Bordson, a native of Duluth, Minn., placed in a tie for third on the UMD scoring charts this past winter with 40 points on 12 goals and 28 assists after going pointless in 15 outings as a sophomore. That represented the second largest one-year scoring improvement of any Bulldog in 17 years. Named insidecollegehockey.com’s WCHA Breakthrough Player of the Year for 2009-10, Bordson currently ranks sixth in the league in overall assists and third in power play points (23).
Bordson becomes the sixth Bulldog since 2007 to leave school early for the professional ranks, joining winger Mason Raymond (with Vancouver in 2007), defensemen Matt
Niskanen (Dallas in 2007), Jason Garrison (Florida in 2008) and Evan Oberg (Vancouver in 2009) and goaltender Alex Stalock (San Jose in 2009).