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    Denis Bodrov was once the top defensive prospect in the Philadelphia Flyers system. Now he’s coming to the Adirondack Phantoms.

    The Phantoms announced on Tuesday that they had signed Bodrov to an AHL contract through the remainder of the season. Bodrov, 23,*was the Flyers second round pick in 2006,**55th overall. That was the year the Flyers*took Andreas Nodl(39th) and Michael Ratchuk (42nd).

    The*6-foot, 215-pound Bodrov*had been playing in Russia this year, but was released in November after one goal in 12 games for Atlant in the KHL. He hasn’t played since.

    “He hasn’t played in about a month,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told the Philadelphia Daily News. “I don’t really know the process over there in Russia, but it worked out where he was free to do what he wanted. He’s been here the last few days.”

    Holmgren also told the Daily News:

    “He was a highly thought of defenseman in our system at one time,” Holmgren said. “He was on our reserve list. He’s not in shape right now. He needs to get down there and play. We’ll see what happens.”*

    Bodrov has yet to live up to the expectations that come with being selected high in the draft. He’ll get his shot here. The questions are, how long will it take him to come up speed and who sits in the Phantoms defensive rotation? Unless the injury that caused*Joonas Lehtivuori to sit Sunday is serious, that it’s likely Bodrov would bounce a veteran from the rotation.

    – Tim