Saw his name in a couple of threads before, thrown in on some trade proposals. Some fans over-value him, others think he's at best a #3 centre. I'd say he can be a legit #2 on teams like Chicago or Dallas. What's the most he's worth?
As weird as it sounds, he's more valuable to the Leafs than any other team. He likely wouldn't get as much playing time as he does with the leafs so he wouldn't put up as many points on a different team (similar to Stajan when he arrived to Calgary). Also, he has great chemistry with Kessel which is a great thing for us, but it does give a slight increase in points compared to if he was on a line with any other players on the team.
Although, I will say his defensive game is very underrated, and I'd love to keep him on the team for the foreseeable future if we could somehow manage to slot him into the 3rd line and get a replacement for the 1st line.
Bozak is nothing more than a stop gap 2nd line center. 3rd line guy who can be used to fill in for injuries or lack of depth. Bozak alone doesn't hold much value. Most teams have a Bozak or two. He definitely shouldn't be counted on to be a 2C on a contender. Added as a piece to a bigger deal is where Bozak might have some value.
Leafs should deal him. They're not winning the Cup next year and Bozak is a UFA. He shouldn't be in any long term plans since he doesn't have the offense to be a 1C and Grabovski has hold of the 2C spot forever and frankly isn't the kind of 3C you should invest a lot in going forward. Accept a good prospect + pick(s) for him and be happy. I'm sure Toronto fans will not want to admit that's what's in their organization's best interest but if the Leafs are struggling come December then maybe they'll see what I'm saying now. His value is higher before the season where he'll get a full season with his new team than it will be at the deadline since Bozak is not the type to instantly step into a lineup and make a team better overnight.
26year old coming off a season where he hit ~20G-50pts and is defensively responsible, is worth a 4th? Good to know.
Anyways, on topic. The good thing about Bozak is how versatile he is. He has great chemistry with Lupul and Kessel so he is able to play with them on the top line but the ideal position for him in my mind is on the third line. I believe if we are able to get another true top 6 center we should try to dump Connolly instead of Bozo. He isn't a prototypical 3rd line center but he is defensively responsible, offensively inclined and has a great dimension of speed. #1 Center-Grabovski-Bozak-Steckel is a solid foundation of centers imo.
Problem with Bozak is that he's not good enough to be a #2 center, but isn't good enough defensively to be a 3rd line center. So he's in limbo. Weak teams would probably him as their 2nd line center (Or #1, if you're Toronto), but that's just because their bad teams. Good teams won't have any room for him.
Thats what us oil fans say about Gagner and all you leafs just hate, when as a matter of fact! Gagner is better than Bozak!
Disagree. Bozak plays in the tough areas. Gagner (sam) is a perimeter player.
Gagner has all world skill and only manages to be as good as he is. Thats the point. The heart just aint there. Gagner may be more skilled, but if im building a contender i take Bozak. Bozak is a convertible multi use player. He can sub in efficiently on the top lines and bottom lines. He can be used on the PP and PK. Gagner is a top 6 player that just aint good enough to contribute to a stanley cup winning team. One trick pony thats trick aint that good.
Bozak does what he can with what he has. Made a career from working hard and not giving up. Kid battles and makes the best out of any situation.
I hate the amount of hate Bozak gets on this forum.