The Dean's List has already previewed the top offensive forwards available for the upcoming 2012 NHL draft class and your fantasy prospect drafts but now it is time to turn our focus to a few player names creeping up the ranks. Examine the past draft boards two, three or four years later and you will certainly find a few names that leave you asking, "how was that player not selected higher?"
The list contains several current NHL star players highlighted by Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Claude Giroux, Shea Weber, Paul Statsny and Milan Lucic to name a few. The 2012 draft class will be no different and it's important to introduce the readers to potential names that could be occupying future fantasy rosters in the near future. Lets face it, only a select few will have the opportunity to draft the Yakupovs, Grigorenkos, Dumbas and Galchenyuks in your upcoming fantasy drafts, so in Beyond the Elite Names (Part 1) TDL familiarizes the readers with talented players not receiving enough attention but should still become fantasy relevant.
Timothé Bozon (LW), Kamloops Blazers, WHL
March 24, 1994
2011-12 Statistics: 69 GP- 35G – 34A – 69P, +25, 40 PIM
Central Scouting Service (CSS) Rank: 39th North American Skater
The twenty-seventh selection in the first round of the 2011 CHL Import Draft by the Western Hockey League's Kamloops Blazers, Timothé Bozon has made quite the impression in his first major junior season. Following in the footsteps of Swiss-trained players Nino Niederreiter (New York Islanders) and Sven Bartschi (Calgary Flames), Bozon is attempting to continue the success of Swiss players honing their skills in the Western league and becoming high NHL draft picks.
Scoring at a point-per-game pace in his freshman season for the Blazers, Bozon has tallied an impressive 35 goals and 69 points and currently sits in first in rookie scoring as a seventeen-year-old. In over thirty games since the calendar turned 2012, Tim Bozon has tore up the Western Hockey League scoring 18 goals and 36 points including twelve January games where he was held pointless just once. In a draft class lacking players with notable high-end offensive skills outside of the top ten, Bozon has the potential to slide up the draft charts if a team feels his scoring punch is too good to pass up on. Tim Bozon, hailing from France but developed in Switzerland, is the son of former St. Louis Blue Philippe Bozon. The lanky winger has good hockey roots and continues to show progression on North American ice.
From a fantasy standpoint, Tim Bozon is a name that should be targeted as he carries real potential especially if he is able to improve his skating and fill out his 6-foot-1 frame. The "good" certainly outweighs the "bad" as Bozon possesses good vision, soft mitts, strong hockey sense and a desire to improve. Couple those qualities with a snipers' mentality and Tim Bozon could find himself as another Swiss-drafted first round pick.
Projected Draft Spot: 25-40th
Scott Laughton (C), Oshawa Generals, OHL
DOB: May 30, 1994
2011-12 Statistics: 62 GP- 21G – 32A – 53P, +10, 92PIM
CSS Rank: 40th North American Skater
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