Chances of Bozak making the team?
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08-05-2009, 03:15 PM
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I wouldn't jump the gun on penciling Bozak into the NHL lineup. Free agent NCAA signings like Bozak have struggled to be even decent AHL players. Let's see him in the Fall, it's a huge step from NCAA to the AHL, let alone the NHL..
This is in addition to, Bozak rehabbing a major knee injury with ligament damage, that forced him to miss over 1/2 of his last NCAA season to boot, and only play 19 hockey games last season.
Also listed at 165lbs, he is apparently putting on weight and bulking up and that has its own adjustments attached to playing at a new weight.
This is very much a wait and see situation, and likely requiring an exhibition season evaluation process first to determine where he stands and his chances at making the team.
He is going to need to be very impressive indeed, based on his 2-way contract with waiver wire ineligible status to force a vet to the sidelines and out of the line-up. He will not remain on the team unless he is playing/getting significant ATOI, otherwise he will playing on Marlies getting that large TOI/G..
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