10 NHL Players Who Experienced the Sophomore Jinx

August 20th, 2010 by Warren Shaw Leave a reply »
Atlanta Thrasher defenseman Zach Bogosian did not have the best sophomore season in 2009-10. 

In fact he may have had one of the worst given his huge potential.

Zach Bogosian entered the NHL as a first-round draft choice and proceeded to live up to his press clippings by making the major leagues as a 19-year-old and displaying flashes of brilliance playing the second most difficult position on an hockey team (next to a goaltender).

As a defenseman not only did Bogosian have to quickly learn his own team's offensive and defensive systems but he also had to adapt to players like Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin speeding down his side of the ice.

In his rookie year, despite an injury that kept him from playing the entire 82 game schedule, Bogosian performed above expectations delivering hard body checks and even producing a two-goal game toward the end of the season.

He proved to be unafraid to take on league tough guys like Donald Brashear (traded to Thrashers from New York) and displayed his considerable offensive abilities more and more as the season progressed.

He ended the season with a plus rating. His overall ...

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