Bordeleau is excited for a third chance to play with the United States at the WJC

Bordeleau is excited for a third chance to play with the United States at the WJC

The 20-year-old center, who had five assists in eight NHL games after signing a three-year, entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks on April 16, could be getting ready for camp training instead of playing in Edmonton since August. .9-20.

“It’s pretty simple,” Bordeleau said at the National Junior Evaluation Camp at USA Hockey Arena last week. “I think I got a chance to represent my country again. Obviously, what happened to me both times was unfortunate, so it’s kind of my shot at redemption here.”

What happened?

Basically, the coronavirus pandemic cost Bordeleau two chances to play at World Juniors. This is his third and final shot.

The 2021 WJC was scheduled to be held in a bubble in Edmonton from December 25, 2020, to January 5, 2021. The day before the team left for the tournament, Bordeleau’s roommate, center John Beecher, tested positive for COVID-19 . Since Bordeleau was a close match, both players were ruled out of the contest, although Beecher was subsequently negative.

The United States won the gold medal.

Bordeleau then tested positive for COVID-19 himself before the 2022 WJC, originally scheduled to be played in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, from December 26, 2021, to January 5, 2022. However, after the States Only to play one game, the tournament was canceled on December 29 due to concerns about the coronavirus. It was later rescheduled for March 19.

Now, the tournament will begin again, and so will Bordeleau. The NHL Network will broadcast all of the preliminary round games played by the United States, as well as select other games.

“I think it will be good for me to play some real, real, competitive hockey, not just summer hockey, before my NHL camp,” Bordeleau said. “It’s going to be exciting.”

Bordeleau had 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists) in 37 games as a sophomore for the University of Michigan last season. After the Wolverines were eliminated by the University of Denver in the Frozen Four, he signed an amateur tryout agreement with San Jose of the American Hockey League on April 12. Four days later, Bordeleau signed with the Sharks and was called up to the NHL.

He quickly learned what he had to do to succeed at the next level.

“I think it’s all about consistency, and there’s no room for error, basically,” said Bordeleau, a second-round pick (No. 38) in the 2020 NHL Draft. “You know, you bend once, it’s in the back of your net. In college, I could get away with it. In juniors, too. But then, you can’t [mess] up or you are really in trouble.

“Yeah, I think that’s the biggest thing, honestly. Obviously, with the puck, that’s my strength, but making plays and things like that, and obviously I have to make sure quicker plays . My execution is just a lot quicker all around. But the defensive side is the biggest adjustment, for sure.”

Bordeleau went on to play for the United States this summer at the 2022 IIHF World Championship in Helsinki and Tampere, Finland, scoring two goals in eight games.

Still, it was unclear for a while whether Bordeleau would be available to play at the WJC with the Sharks searching for a general manager to replace Doug Wilson, who resigned on April 7 to focus on his health. However, Mike Grier was hired on July 5, and about a week later, Bordeleau told United States coach Nate Leaman that he would be able to go.

“He knows that this opportunity has been taken away from him a few times, and he knows how special it is to play in this tournament and play for his country,” said Leaman. “I took my hat off to him. I was texting him a little bit this summer, and when he said he was on board, I was excited about it.”

Bordeleau is excited to have David Quinn as his coach with the Sharks next season, who coached the United States at the world championships. San Jose hired Quinn on July 26.

Bordeleau and Quinn go back further than the world championship, however. Quinn coached at Boston University from 2013-18; Bordeleau went there on his first college visit.

“There are a lot of changes in the organization now, a fresh start, so it will be fun,” said Bordeleau.

This World Juniors will provide good preparation.

“I’m the type of player, I don’t need to put on weight,” said Bordeleau, who is listed at 5-foot-10, 175 pounds. “I need to get stronger. For me, it’s just getting more resistance in battles and things like that. It won’t be so bad for me to play more hockey.

“I just need to be more explosive, faster, stronger, just be ready to play against grown men. I think hopefully a lot of minutes, a lot of ice time, I think it will be good for me be ready for camp.”

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