Zach Bogosian: Has His Time Come?

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Zach Bogosian: Has His Time Come?

With Steve Stamkos and Drew Doughty, two of the top-three picks from the NHL’s 2008 entry draft, already lighting the fantasy world on fire, its natural to wonder what’s happening with Zach Bogosian, the number three pick from 2008.


After a tumultuous, but promising, rookie campaign, Bogosian took a significant step backwards last year, and his short career has already seen more than his fair share of injuries. The 20-year old native of Massena, New York smolders with potential, but unlike with Stamkos and Doughty, poolies are still waiting for ignition.


But is this Bogosian’s year to breakout?  There is at least one reason to think so.


Looking Back


After playing high school hockey in his homeland, Bogosian decided to leave the United States to play Canadian major-junior hockey in the OHL with the Peterborough Petes.  In his two years with that storied franchise, Bogosian left an impression as a defencemen who could light the lamp often, but still be relied upon to neutralize his opponents' top skaters.


"He wants to shut those guys down", said Petes' head coach Vince Malette in 2008.  "He's solid defensively, and at the same time he can skate with the puck. He doesn't lose any speed when he's handling the puck. He's good offensively and knows when to jump into the play. He's got a complete game."


The scouts agreed, and so did Atlanta, who selected Bogosian third overall that June in Ottawa, and gave him a spot on their blueline come fall.  Unfortunately, Bogosian only had the opportunity to play in eight games before breaking his left leg and missing the next 28 games.


The rehabilitation of the leg was long and difficult and the then-18-year-old struggled with the often-solitary tasks. At the time, Bogosian described the process as "pretty boring."  He explained, "you are used to junior when you are around 22 or 23 guys that pretty much all hang out together. So, it’s a little different.”


After a brief reconditioning assignment with Atlanta's AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, Bogosian returned to the big club and almost immediately began to contribute on the scoresheet.  When his first year was in the books, he had scored nine goals, earned 19 points, and finished with a plus-11 over the course of 47 games.


Especially considering the tempered expectations that are only fair for any teenaged defencemen in the NHL, many fantasy owners drooled over the possibilities for what might be possible over a full 82 games injury-free.


His owners would be disappointed in 2009/10..


Bogosian played 81 games, but only put up 23 points and finished with a miserable minus-18.  Sophomore slump?  Maybe not.


As reported at by Matt Bennett at, then-head coach John Anderson stated that the depreciated stats were the result of a nagging wrist injury that Bogosian suffered in December.  Bennett notes that "in September and October, Bogosian racked up a solid 8 goals (2 PP) and 4 assists in 24 games but only managed 11 more points for the rest of the season.  In his las