Zach Bogosian becomes a restricted free agent having concluded his first three-year contract with the Thrashers. It was an inconsistent season for the young defenseman, who picked up his play in the second half.
Bogosian finished with 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) and had a minus-27 rating. He declined an invitation from USA Hockey to compete in the World Championships to concentrate on his offseason.
In the next of a series of interviews with Thrashers players following the 2010-11 season, here is some of what Bogosian had to say about his play this season and his future.
Q. How would you describe your season?
A. Up and down. Obviously getting hurt three games into the season wasn’t the best thing for me. After that I thought I had a pretty good second half.
Q. How much time did it take you to get adapted to Craig Ramsay’s system? Was it much different than last year?
A. It was a little bit different. Not knowing what to expect at the end of the year with a lot of new faces – players, coaches and management. It did take a little while to get used to. It is definitely something down the stretch where we should have won more games than we really counted for. It’s definitely something that everyone now knows what to expect coming into next year.
Q. Is there one thing that you will look back on and say ‘I need to get better in this area?’
A. You can say that about anything. Hockey is a game of mistakes. You have to make sure that you eliminate most of them. If it was a perfect game, it would be 0-0 every game. You can get better at a lot of things – skating, shooting, defensive play. Pretty much everything you can name, you can get better at because no one is perfect. I’m just looking to go into the summer with the approach to become a better player.
Q. You go into the summer as a restricted free agent. What do you see as your future plans with this organization?
A. I guess it will be interesting to see what happens. I haven’t had any talks with management yet. I’m just going home and getting ready to be the best player I can be. … That’s what my agent is there for. I’ve had him for awhile so I’m pretty comfortable with him. It’s something that I haven’t put too much thought into but now that the season is over you can put more thought into.
Q. What will your offseason by like?
A. I’m going to go home for a bit. It was a long season, 82 games is a lot. It would be great to play in the playoffs but obviously now that’s out of the picture you look forward to getting home and relaxing a little bit with family and friends. Me being 20 years old and down here alone, a lot of other 20 year olds get to spend a lot of time with their family. I don’t get to do that during the year so I’m looking forward to it.
The series will continue over the next couple of weeks. Coming Tuesday, Andrew Ladd.