Five Questions With … Zach Bogosian

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.

44 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

April 18th, 2011
7:48 am

Michael B. Shapiro

April 18th, 2011
8:10 am

Zach’s list for off season and the coming year:

(1) work on positional play, especially learning how to box out near/in the crease;

(2) improve accuracy of shot (how many times can you shoot from the circles and miss the net by a mile?);

(3) get a linemate and work in sync with him, target is EVEN or + rating each game and certainly for the year.

All of those will get you the contract YOU want and the team that WE want.

Alan R.

April 18th, 2011
8:28 am

Great insight from Bogosian, here. I hope he truly works to get better. I’d love to see him play like he did during his first season here.

Midfield

April 18th, 2011
10:28 am

This is a weird interview, if you ask me. You have to be delusional not to admit – at least to a degree – to have bombed the season, particularly its second half. It’s almost like he is hinting on not being happy here – unsettled and home sick. I say, he wants out.

Bobby G

April 18th, 2011
10:34 am

I tend to forget that he is only 20 years old and we expect him to hang the moon.

Sam

April 18th, 2011
10:34 am

Lame and defensive. Too bad we didn’t see Zach having a clear perspective on his game, and talking about what HE needs to improve on, rather than that third person BS. He’s been playing that “I’m so young” card since he got here. 20 ain’t a kid anymore. You’ve got a big-boy job to do.

Very disappointing.

hey bobby g

April 18th, 2011
11:09 am

i don’t care how old he is, this is his third year in the league

TrueBlue

April 18th, 2011
11:17 am

Is Zach in denial or is he oblivious to how terrible he was this year?

KLS1

April 18th, 2011
11:22 am

Definitely some curious comments…hockey is a game of mistakes? That’s an interesting take, particularly from a defenseman. Not sure that I agree that someone has to make a mistake for goals to be scored.

Sometimes good, harder working players make better plays. Oh well, just semantics I guess.

Overall, sounds like he is relieved for the season to be over. And I don’t blame him for having that sentiment.

Joe McGrath

April 18th, 2011
11:30 am

Stamkos, Pietrangelo, Doughty, Schenn, Wilson, Myers…. Do they make mistakes? Sure. Hockey is indeed a game of mistakes. However, limiting those mistakes, or making up for them in some capacity, is what separates the men from the boys. Time to grow up Bogo.

BMF

April 18th, 2011
11:41 am

Lame interview. I know CViv wanted to ask harder questions but given the season Zach just had, that probably wouldn’t have been a good idea. Just a feeling here, but even if the Thras brass wants to sign him long-term, I think he wants out. He might sign his RFA sheet but i think he’s gonna bolt when a UFA, so perhaps he gets his head on straight, improves, and gives the Thrash a trade-piece next season.

Frankie

April 18th, 2011
11:45 am

Wow, Shapiro! Great insight!! You should be doing analysis on ESPN. Great job. Very true. Atlanta needs a winner if the Thrashers are going to stay in town.

R. Stroz

April 18th, 2011
12:51 pm

This kid just doesn’t get it.

ThrasherTim

April 18th, 2011
1:01 pm

I would hope that IF the Thrashers want Bogo to sign a multi-year deal, but he won’t, that we consider shipping out for a top 6 forward. We want guys to want to be here and grow with the team.

d

April 18th, 2011
1:23 pm

“I’m going to go home for a bit. It was a long season, 82 games is a lot.” Thankfully Zack was able to avoid the extra stress of playoff games…

You Can Have Them

April 18th, 2011
1:34 pm

First let me say the Zack is a nice guy BUT he is a terrble hockey player. He doesn’t have Hockey IQ and situational awareness.

You Can Have Them

April 18th, 2011
1:44 pm

What does Zack make? $3M a year? He should be arrested for stealing.

Thrashy Thrashy

April 18th, 2011
1:59 pm

It doesn’t matter if the kid gets it or not because the Thrashers will be playing in Saskatoon next season :cry:

Flames

April 18th, 2011
3:41 pm

First and foremost…. Zach does want to be here…He loves the area and feels comfortable… Second, most of you guys including myself were passed out at a frat house drunk chasing girls when we were 20. Grow up!? Are you serious!? How many people when they are 20 years old are grown up? I sure as hell wasn’t.. I really hope he stays here for a long time. Nobody around here has patience… do you really think he can help that he was drafted by an organization that doesn’t have a lot of dept and he reports directly to the pros. If he was drafted by a Detroit or Montreal he would still be in the minors learning the system. The Thrashers stands for ON THE JOB TRAINING… It is what it is..The last three first round draft picks have reported directly to Atlanta, not Gwinnett or Chicago…BOGO, Kane, and Burmi.

The Real Thrash

April 18th, 2011
3:48 pm

So we see why he’s so bad. He has no answer for what he needs to work on.
No plans for the off season except being a 20 year old.
Good riddance!

Sage of Bluesland

April 18th, 2011
4:52 pm

“Great insight from Bogosian, here….” (Alan R.)

Uh-huh, sure! I must have missed this “great insight”. Pretty vanilla interview responses to me.

I’m wondering if there isn’t a whole lot to work with (upstairs mentally) when dealing with Zach, as opined by some here.

Then again, you could say that about some of the regular (sheep) who frequent this site (i.e. see name initially quoted).

Selah.

East Point Bob

April 18th, 2011
4:56 pm

Zach needs a new start and we need a top flight scorer, Bingo a trade. Weak lame answers to a terrible season, where, I believe his awful play cost us many many games, like in Boston, he gave them all three goals. Zach needs to learn to play hockey, but not in Atlanta. Plus Sage is correct, despite what everyone thinks !

East Point Bob

April 18th, 2011
4:58 pm

BMF, ChrisV, never asks the hard questions, never ever.

You Can Have Them

April 18th, 2011
5:36 pm

Hainsey and Andro-bot make $4-$5M each per year. D-Wad’s greatest signings there.

Walter Sobcheck

April 18th, 2011
5:49 pm

Flames, you hit the nail on the head! The negativity surrounding such a young player is astounding! Every draft pick has to walk on to the team and be the best player in the draft at their position and play like a 7 year vet entering their prime or the player is a bust. He did have a poor year, absolutely, but good grief, he is 20, say it again 20! Each of the following examples are guys that walked straight into the NHL on bad teams and bad organizations at the time of their draft years. They are all top 5 picks with no AHL seasoning, highlighting their first 3 years.

Zach Bogosian 2008 3rd Atlanta: NHL TOTALS Games:199 -34 59 Points
Luke Schenn 2008 5th Toronto: NHL TOTALS Games:231 -17 53 Points
Drew Doughty 2008 2nd LAngelos: NHL TOTALS Games:239 +16 126Points
Erik Johnson 2006 1st St.Louis: NHL TOTALS Games:225 -21 101Points
Jack Johnson 2005 3rd Carolina: NHL TOTALS Games:282 -78 100Points
Cam Barker 2004 2nd Chicago: NHL TOTALS Games:148 -21 66 Points

How about these terrible defensemen who walked into the league under similar circumstances to our Zach Bogosian. Ask ourselves how they turned out.

Chris Pronger 2nd overall pick in his draft year. 1st year, 81 games -3, total points: 30. 2nd year 43 games played -12, total points: 14. 3rd year, 78 games -18, total points: 35. Traded from Hartford, bad organization, to the Blues 22 years straight playoff appearances became one of the top 3 5 defenseman in all of hockey. Written off early in his carrer for being a poor IQ defenseman and hothead which is why he was traded.

Jay Bouwmeester 3rd overall pick in his draft year Panthers. 1st year, 82 games -29 total points: 16. 2nd year 61 games played -15, total points: 20. 3rd year, Florida AHL Affiliate 64 games -22, total points: 17. Neutral Zone trapping defensive team. Another poor organization, bad drafting, bad development, etc.

Ed Jovanowski 1st overall pick in his draft year Panthers. 1st year, 70 games -3 total points: 21. 2nd year 61 games played -1, total points: 23. 3rd year, 81 games -12, total points: 23. Neutral Zone trapping defensive team. Again, poor organization, bad drafting, bad development, etc.

Zdeno Chara, 56th overall pick in his draft year Islanders. 2nd year, 59 games -8 total points: 88. 3rd year 65 games played -27, total points: 11. 4th year, 82 games -27, total points: 9. Poor organization, bad drafting, bad development, etc. Traded to the Senators 5th year in the Yashin debacle: Senators good team 1st year, 75 games +30, total points: 23.

Patience please people, patience!

Brendan

April 18th, 2011
5:51 pm

Well, I continue to hope that Bogosian will be a worthwhile lottery draft pick. If we still struggles, in 2012, then that is 4 years after being draft, and, at that point, he is ‘officially’ lagging behind the standard for his position.

If Torchetti and Bogosian can’t get along, then that’s a tough situation. I don’t know that Bogosian wants to leave, so much as, perhaps, he wants Torchetti to leave. Truthfully, I should say anything. I honestly don’t have any knowledge of the situation.

wingsrule

April 18th, 2011
5:57 pm

clearly doesn’t get it. Doesn’t sound like he’s taking any responsibility for his horrid play. He needs time with his family?!?!? Spare me the tears over him being 20 Flames. BOO-HOO. So it’s ok to be 20 & have a major-league job making hundreds of thousands a year, but not ok for fans to expect him to play well. HUH? If he can’t handle it he should be in Chicago or Duluth. They will shell out millions to keep him too– hope he doesn’t get too tired playing 82 next season.

Brendan

April 18th, 2011
5:57 pm

Make that, “if HE (not we) struggles,” … “4 years after being drafted,” and … “I shouldn’t say anything.” Long day, already.

You Can Have Them

April 18th, 2011
6:20 pm

I don’t know if our team could handle the playoffs – all I hear out of all of them is how tired they are.

EA

April 18th, 2011
6:38 pm

Very disappointing comments. It is time to grow up. The money is nice, I am only 20 and I miss my family. Night and day from Kane who is a year younger.

jerry

April 18th, 2011
8:05 pm

Q #6: Why are you so damn lazy?

KLS1

April 18th, 2011
9:21 pm

We all want him to play well, its just nobody understands why he isn’t…including Zach and the coaches.

If he wasn’t such a high pick he would be done…but he will get many more chances by default.

But as a fan just want more from him…but we are once again left wondering if this is a work in progress or another Steve McCarthy situation.

Ben

April 18th, 2011
9:49 pm

This what a leader would say: “I sit and watch the playoffs and it makes me sick. To Win the Cup is what we play for. I will do everything to get ready for next season to be there. I want to let the team that anything short of success in the playoffs is a personal and team failure. Losing is no longer acceptable for this team and organization.”

Jake

April 18th, 2011
11:01 pm

What’s with these comments about getting a top 6 scorer for Bogosian? That might happen in a parallel universe, but not this one. The Thrashers are dealing from weakness (Bogosian, based on this year’s performance) and no one’s gonna send them a scorer straight-up. They’ll have to ante up more than just Bogosian.

lordstan57

April 18th, 2011
11:51 pm

All you hardasses apply the same standards in your own personal lives??
Wise-guys know shinola.

Buncha dregs……

Have a good Summer Zach…. See in the Fall.

TheAntiMe

April 19th, 2011
5:22 am

What’s with these comments about getting a top 6 scorer for Bogosian? That might happen in a parallel universe, but not this one. The Thrashers are dealing from weakness (Bogosian, based on this year’s performance) and no one’s gonna send them a scorer straight-up. They’ll have to ante up more than just Bogosian.

Maybe they can trade him for Patrik Stefan. Just kidding. Actually, I will reserve judgment on such a young player with his potential upside until at least this time next season and, hopefully, by then he will make some substantial progress. He is actually saying the right things about working hard in the offseason to try to improve. Let’s just hope that he can make it happen.

Bogobasher

April 19th, 2011
10:37 am

Hey Bogo, some of us 20 year olds are busy burying our heads in Student Loans while youre making millions PLAYING HOCKEY. Grow up! Quit the pity party and realize that you are extremely fortunate

Joe McGrath

April 19th, 2011
11:23 am

Hey Bogo, you need see a movie called Restrepo? Maybe give you a better idea about the stress some other 20 year olds are undergoing in their career choice. Talk about not seeing you friends and family? Player please.

Alan R.

April 19th, 2011
2:34 pm

Then again, you could say that about some of the regular (sheep) who frequent this site (i.e. see name initially quoted).

Hook, line, and sinker, dumbarse. For someone who claims to be some sort of “sage,” you really don’t get it, do you? Everyone else seems to have understood that my post was sarcasm. Except you.

I’m not surprised.

Paco

April 19th, 2011
2:43 pm

Zach, I am not what you would call a handsome man. The good lord chose not to bless me with-with charm, athletic ability or a fully functional brain. You see, you’re an inspiration to all of us who-who weren’t born handsome and charming and cool and…

wingsrule

April 19th, 2011
3:07 pm

lordstan57 — not crucifying Bogosian, or even saying Thrash should give up on him yet. What I’m saying is you can’t have it BOTH ways–fame, cash, etc. & be free of criticism. Should we tell him “that’s ok, go get’em next year?” Give him a trophy for crying? There are 20 yr olds at war right now– I’m not crying for a spoiled athlete. Fans have EVERY right to BOOO him– he has sucked so far.

Scroggy 7

April 20th, 2011
8:33 am

Why would he decline an invitation to play in the Worlds ??? It’s not the Stanley Cup playoffs, but it is a great tournament that would give him a taste of that atmosphere, great opportunity to improve his game. Not sure about this guy after this season.

tommy2tone

April 20th, 2011
9:20 am

He forgot to add about his upcoming contract, “If they yell at me again, I won’t sign.”

himthatknows

April 20th, 2011
10:04 am

Two Words: Braydon Coburn!

The ogan-I-zation has never had the ability to develop young talent. Especially D men and goalies! Ownership has NEVER cared about the Thrashers!