Bordson Hoping Titans Days Are Behind Him

 

Rob Bordson, pictured with the Titans last year, has earned an AHL spot…but will he get one? (Photo: Mike Ashmore)

It was just a four-letter acronym. Perhaps it sounded more like a four-letter word to Rob Bordson.

I caught up with the skilled former Titans forward at Adirondack Phantoms camp this afternoon, and he made it clear that the only roster that’s on his mind is that of the AHL, not the…gasp, ECHL.

“I’m under contract with the Phantoms, and that’s my ultimate goal, is to make the team,” said a somewhat downtrodden Bordson.

“I’m not thinking about anything else. I’m not worried about what league I’m going to play in, that’s not my decision. I’ve been playing hard for the last week, this was my first game. Hopefully I’ll get in tomorrow and get another chance to prove myself and hopefully make the opening night roster with the Phantoms.”

Thing is, Bordson has every reason to believe he’s earned an AHL spot. He has. The 24-year-old earned an early season call-up to the Rochester Americans and then an AHL contract with Adirondack last year based on a year in Trenton in which he racked up 51 points in just 38 games.

But, on the flip side, there is that whole lockout thing everyone’s talking about. And, while perhaps ordinarily Bordson’s roster spot would be secure with players like Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn and the like in Philadelphia…well, they’re not there. They can’t be there. So they’re in Adirondack. With Bordson. Possibly taking up his spot.

“The lockout’s not good for hockey in general, everyone suffers; players, fans, owners,” he said. “Obviously, there’s a lot of talent in the AHL this year. But that doesn’t mean you just have to bow down and not try for a spot. I’m not really worried about that kind of stuff. It doesn’t matter who’s on the ice, you’ve just got to play.”

Bordson, who says he’s added ten pounds of muscle this summer in preparation for this season, seems like he’s going to be given a fair shake by Adirondack head coach Terry Murray.

“We’re still looking (at players),” he said. “There’s a bunch of guys that we’re looking at to see where it’s all going to fall. There’s some good competitive play going on, and we’re real happy with how the work is. Some guys are really close, and it’s probably going to come down to the last game where we’re going to make the decisions.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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