Zach Bogosian a Big Deal in Winnipeg

August 13th, 2011 by Matt Eichel Leave a reply »
Not only is Jets defenseman and current RFA Zach Bogosian excited and ready to play in Winnipeg, he is also one of the best young defensemen in the NHL today.

Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press likened Bogosian to LA Kings star Drew Doughty and the Toronto Maple Leafs' Luke Schenn, who are also both in contract negotiations with their teams without any arbitration rights.

However, Lawless points out the main difference being: "The other two blue-liners is they have already declared with their play what can be expected of them in the future." (Winnipeg Free Press, 8/10/11)

At 6'3", 205 pounds, Bogosian has tremendous upside and talent. The problem is he hasn't shown it as much as Doughty or Schenn. That may be in part to playing three seasons in Atlanta with two different coaches and possibly not getting his feet under him properly. Looking at Doughty and Schenn, they both have not endured coaching changes and have been entrusted with being a go-to defenseman on their respective teams.

In 2010-11, Bogosian ranked third in ice time among Atlanta Thrashers defensemen, collecting five goals and 12 assists in 71 games. He was a min ...

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