Zach Bogosian …
Zach Bogosian played this past season in the NHL for the Winnipeg Jets
Position: Defense Shoots: Right
DOB: Massena, NY
Height: 6’3 Weight: 215
Selected by: Atlanta Round:1st Overall: 3rd Year: 2008 NHL Entry Draft
I will be continuing my “look back” at NHL prospects a few years after their draft year and today we are going to look at Winnipeg Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian. I like to pick a current roster player on one of my favorite teams and look back at their post draft projections. The projections are based on their amateur careers and draft position. One of my favorite websites for this sort of thing is Hockey’s Future.
Zach Bogosian played 2 seasons in the Ontario Hockey League for the Peterborough Petes. In his two seasons with the Petes, he posted an impressive 18 goals, 76 assists for a total of 94 points along with 135 PIM and a plus/minus rating of +2 in 127 games. Let’s see what the guys at Hockey’s Future said.
After Five Years In The NHL
It’s been 5 years since the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and Zach Bogosian’s evaluation from the guys at Hockey’s Future is right on course. Their analysis of Bogo isn’t much different from what I see on a night to night basis.
The guys at Hockey’s Future gave him a Prospect Talent Score (PTS) of 8.0 and a Probability Of Success (POS) rating of B. I think he’s already close to being there and should easily surpass those ratings.
My only critique of his game is that he is not selfish enough with the puck. I don’t know if this is his decision or by design from the coaching staff. Bogosian a very good shot and I’d like to see him use it more. With the offensive defencemen that surround him on this Jets team, he may not feel the need to assert his offensive game. He has a skill-set to be a decent point producer at the NHL level.
His defensive game is developing and he has a mean streak that some of the other defencemen on this team lack. Bogosian should be the leader of the next wave of Winnipeg Jets top four defenceman along with Trouba and Morrissey. Enstrom and Byfuglien may have something to say about that and wouldn’t that be a nice problem to have?
It is my opinion that if Zach Bogosian plateaued right now, he’d still be a competent top four defenceman but I believe his ceiling is very high and he still has lots of room for growth. Depending on how his game evolves, he should be in the “elite” class of NHL defencemen with capabilities to put up 40-50 point seasons. Bogo has the potential to be an “All-Star” and will be a mainstay on the Jets blue-line for many years.
Most of my friends in the real world, in the twitterverse and the readers at Winnipeg Hockey Talk know I’ve been a “Bogo guy” from DAY ONE. I think he’s ready to take this team on his back for many years to come. Some will argue that Dustin Byfuglien drives the bus on this Jets team and as he goes so do the Jets. This might be true and he probably would be if he played with the same “compete level” that Zach does every night.
Zach Bogosian does most of the heavy lifting on the back-end and in front of the Jets net on a nightly basis. He will be getting some help in that area in the near future from young Jacob Trouba. Can you imagine a top four of Toby, Buff, Bogo and Trouba playing their best with Morrissey coming in a year or two? Oh to dream !!! BUT ~ this dream might not be that far away !!! That’s the optimist in me.
Never surrender !!!
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