Andrew Bodnarchuk
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Andrew Bodnarchuk

Hometown:

Hammonds Plains Nova Scotia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-07-11

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2006

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

5th round (128th overall), 2006

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

Andrew Bodnarchuk was selected by the Moncton Wildcats in the 2004 QMJHL Midget Draft in the fifth round, but was unwilling to give up his NCAA eligibility, and did not suit up for the Wildcats. Saint John selected him in the expansion draft, before being traded to Halifax, who enticed him to play in the QMJHL.

2005-06: At 17, he was expected to be a valuable contributor on the relatively inexperienced Halifax blue line. Though he ran into occasional difficulties in regards to consistency and discipline, his willingness to get his nose dirty in his own end despite his size deficiency, and his offensive awareness when on the rush were benefits. Bodnarchuk played in all situations on the rebuilding Mooseheads squad, appearing more at home on the power play than elsewhere, though he did not embarrass himself in his own end either. He finished his rookie campaign fourth in the league among rookie defensemen.

He was a member of Team Quebec in the 2005 Canada-Russia Challenge and also played on Team Canada at the 2005 Under-18s. In 2004, he was a member of Team Atlantic at the Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.

2006-07: Bodnarchuk was among the top scoring defensemen in the QMJHL, and more than doubled his rookie point total. A staple on the Halfax power play, Bodnarchuk’s strengths lie in his speed, stickwork, and his ability to control the puck. As a defender, he’s best when using his stick to disrupt passes or pick off the puck, and he does a decent job of keeping the puck.  He’s played a major role on the Mooseheads’ blueline, however, and his presence is missed when he’s out of the lineup. Bodnarchuk took home the award for Halifax’s best defenseman for the year, and also split the team’s MVP honors with rookie Jakub Voracek.

2007-08: Considered by many to be one of the top defensemen in the QMJHL, Bodnarchuk served as captain of his team in Halifax, where he led all defensemen in scoring. He was signed to an entry-level contract by the Bruins.

2008-09: In his first pro season, Bodnarchuk netted a goal and added 9 assists for 10 points in 62 games with the Providence Bruins (AHL).

2009-10: Played in 70 games for the Providence Bruins.  Bodnarchuk scored 5 goals and added 10 assists for 15 points.  He also received his first NHL action, going scoreless in 5 games with the Boston Bruins.

2010-11: Bodnarchuk spent his third full season with AHL Providence and was signed to his second one-year contract extension over the summer. In 75 games with Providence, he scored 1 goal with 15 assists and was -8 with 91 PMs.

2011-12: Bodnarchuk did not see any action in two call-ups with the Bruins after skating for the Stanley Cup champions the previous season. Playing for Boston AHL affiliate Providence he scored 5 goals with 12 assists in 63 games and was minus-six with 44 penalty minutes. Providence missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Atlantic Division. Bodnarchuk was signed by Los Angeles to a one-year contract as an unrestricted free agent in July, 2012.

 

 

Talent Analysis

A puck-moving defenseman, Bodnarchuk is a very good skater and sees the ice well. He has a hard point shot and distributes the puck smoothly. He sometimes has problems handling physical pressure and needs to fill out and add some strength, but he does not mind getting in the face of the opposition from time to time in his own end. He also needs further polishing in his own zone, and needs to remedy his occasional discipline problems that have seen him take a few inopportune penalties. Plays bigger than 5'11.

 

 

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