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Sabres Report Cards: Zach Bogosian

Our report card series continues today with everybody’s favorite team DJ, Zach Bogosian.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The season is over, and we’re going to rate every player who played more than 20 games this season on their performance the same way we were all graded back in the day - on a report card scale of A to F. We’re taking a look at everyone from Bailey to Rodrigues in our 2016-17 Buffalo Sabres Report Cards.

Age: 26

Contract: Cap hit of $5,142,857, under contract through 2019-20 season.

Introduction: Brought to Buffalo two years by a now-unemployed man, Zach Bogosian filled the void left by Tyler Myers as the tall, highly-drafted defenseman who never quite lived up to expectations. He anchored the Sabres second pairing this season, though he did miss 26 games along the way due to injury.

Key Stat: Zach Bogosian must love playing at the KeyBank Center. For the total season, Bogosian’s plus/minus was a -17, and all of that came in road games. Yep, for the season, DJ Bogo was an even 0 at home, and he scored more points in fewer games at home than on the road. Must be those sweet warm-up mixes.

Thumbs Up: While the number isn’t amazing, Bogo did have one of the better Corsi numbers among Sabres defensemen at 48.48. He still has all the ideal tools that saw him drafted #3 overall back in the day - 6’3’’, 228 lbs, decent skater, great beard - but at this point you know what you’re getting out of Bogosian, which isn’t much. I will say he’s consistent, but in a very mediocre way, as you’ll find him smack dab in the middle (or lower) in most Sabres statistics.

Thumbs Down: Bogosian saw his points drop significantly this season from the last, going 13 points year-to-year in eight fewer games. For a guy his size (6’3’’) he doesn’t really use his body that effectively, and has one of the lowest hits per game among Sabres defensemen. His -17 trails only Dmitry Kulikov as the worst on the team, and he finds himself out of position far too much for a guy who’s supposed to be one of your stalwarts on the back end.

Memorable Moment: Seconds after Robin Lehner made the save of the year, Bogosian scored his first goal of the season, an overtime blast on the rush which would give the Sabres the victory over the Canadiens.

Voting: Using the good old grade school system of A, B, C, D, F, with a grade of A representing a great season, a grade of C being the performance you expected, and F a very poor season, rate Zach Bogosian on his performance this year.


Grade Zach Bogosian on his 2016-17 season.

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