Cole Bardreau


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Signed as free agent, 2015


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2008-09: Cole Bardreau skated for the Rochester Alliance U16 midget team. He was selected by Niagara in the 12th round (227th overall) in the 2009 OHL Priority Draft. 

2009-10: Cole Bardreau moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to skate for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and played for the USA U17 team in the 2010 World Hockey Challenge. In October 2009 he committed to playing college hockey at Cornell in 2011-12.  Bardreau appeared in one game with the NTDP U18 team and had 1 assist with 2 penalty minutes. He scored 8 goals with 8 assists and had 61 penalty minutes in 52 regular season games for the NTDP U17 squad. He had no points and 6 penalty minutes in six games at the WHC. 

2010-11: Bardreau returned to Ann Arbor for his second season in the NTDP program and was part of the gold medal-winning USA U18 team at the 2011 World Junior Championship. He scored 11 goals with 15 assists in regular season 60 games for the NTDP U18 team. An assistant captain for the USA squad at the WJC, he had no points and was -3 with 4 penalty minutes. The USA defeated Sweden, 4-3, in the gold medal game. 

2011-12: Bardreau skated in 34 of 35 games for Cornell in his freshman season — playing several games with a broken bone in his foot. He scored 4 goals with 4 assists and was +3 with 18 penalty minutes. Cornell advanced to the semifinals of the ECAC Hockey tournament after finishing second in the regular season and earned an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament after defeating Colgate in the ECAC Hockey third place game. The Big Red defeated Michigan 3-2 in overtime in a Midwest Regional semifinal game before falling to Ferris State 2-1. 

2012-13: Bardreau got off to a fast start for Cornell in his sophomore season — and won a gold medal with the USA U20 team at the 2013 World Juniors in January — before a season-ending and career-threatening injury when he was checked from behind and suffered a broken vertebrae.  Bardreau scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was +2 with 12 penalty minutes in 13 games for the Big Red. Cornell finished tied for ninth in ECAC Hockey but was 4-1-1 in its final six regular season games and pushed first place Quinnipiac to three games in the conference quarterfinals after sweeping Princeton in a preliminary series. Bardreau was an assistant captain for the USA squad, scoring 1 goal with 2 assists and finishing +5 with 4 penalty minutes in seven games at the WJC. The USA defeated Sweden, 3-1, in the gold medal game. 

2013-14: Bardreau returned to the Cornell lineup for his junior season — posting career highs in goals (7) and assists (9) despite missing six mid-season games due to injury. An assistant captain for the Big Red, he was +6 with 14 penalty minutes in 26 games. Cornell finished fourth in ECAC Hockey and defeated Clarkson in a three-game quarterfinal series before falling to eventual national champion Union, 5-2, in the ECAC Hockey semifinals.

2014-15: Bardreau signed a three-year entry-level contract with Philadelphia in March 2015 following his senior year at Cornell. He made his pro debut with the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, skating in 15 games and scoring 1 goal with 1 assist, finishing -3 with 2 penalty minutes. Bardreau scored 5 goals with 17 assists and was -7 with 38 penalty minutes in 30 games for the Big Red. Cornell finished seventh in ECAC Hockey; finishing 11-14-6 after being swept by Union in a first-round conference playoff series.

2015-16: Bardreau skated in 54 games for Flyers’ AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley in his first pro season, missing nearly two months early in the year after suffering an injury in October. He scored 13 goals with 17 assists and was -1 with 54 penalty minutes. The Phantoms finished seventh in the Atlantic Division, missing the AHL playoffs. 

Talent Analysis

Bardreau was a dependable player at Cornell, excelling at a two-way game. He’s not a scorer, and instead a gritty forward who can excel on the penalty kill.


Bardreau skated for Flyers' AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley in 2015-16, finishing with 30 points in 54 games after returning from an early season injury. An undersized but offensively skilled playmaker, he has some potential as a lower line forward.

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