Colorado Avalanche: 5 Prospects for the Fourth Line

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Patrick Bordeleau, Left Wing

Apr 6, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Patrick Bordeleau (58) reacts after scoring a goal to tie the game during the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Pepsi Center. The Penguins won 3-2 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Shoots: Left

Height: 6’6″

Weight: 225 pounds

Last Team: Colorado Avalanche

2013-14 Stats:

GP G A P PIM +/-
82 6 5 11 115 -1

Speaking of players on injured reserve, left wing Patrick Bordeleau missed half the 2014-15 season recovering from back surgery, came back for one game, and spent the rest of the season recovering from a broken knee cap.

Bordeleau is not exactly an old-time goon, but he’s an enforcer of the new age. He’s one big, mean player. He can skate and shoot the puck, but he’s known as the guy who’s ready to drop the gloves — and drop opponents.

Bordeleau used to be a regular on the fourth line. It seems like he’d have that position again if he’s healthy. He’s big and aggressive, which is the way the Avalanche have chosen to go. Even if they smooth out their rough edges as the season progresses, it actually would be nice to see Patrick Bordeleau suit up against those Minnesota Wild on opening night at least.