Tim Bozon Makes Triumphant Return

Tim Bozon will finish with four-year WHL career with  a staggering 140 goals, 154 assists, and 294 points in 260 games | Photo: Kootenay Ice

Tim Bozon will finish with four-year WHL career with a staggering 140 goals, 154 assists, and 294 points in 260 games | Photo: Kootenay Ice

At this time last year Tim Bozon had just retaken the ice for the first time since becoming ill with meningitis. A year later, Bozon completed one of junior hockey’s rarest feats, four consecutive thirty-goal seasons.

Bozon recorded an assist in his first game back, and in the month of November posted nine goals and nine assists in just 11 games. In January, Bozon cooled off, but did managed to grab his first hat trick of season. In February Bozon scored an incredible 11 goals in 12 games. In the postseason, Bozon was inconsistent, but managed a five-point game against Calgary. After the junior season, Bozon played one game with the Hamilton Bulldogs, where he was highly impressive.

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Production-wise, this season wasn’t nearly as impressive as the previous two for Bozon. His points-per-game and team point percentage were lowest since his rookie season. Furthermore, for the only time in his WHL career he didn’t hit 30 assists.

Aside from the outlier 2012-2013 season, where Bozon recorded 55 assists, he has been a consistent 30-goal, 30-assist, point-per-game player. Consistency is by no means a bad thing, especially when coupled with the fact that Bozon improved far more this season than in previous seasons.

Rather paradoxically, Bozon actually notably improved his playmaking ability. He will never be an excellent playmaker, but the improvements in that regard these past two seasons are encouraging. He distributes the puck far more often, occasionally mixing in a (successful) pass of high difficulty. Bozon continued to gravitate away from simply being a tap-in goalscorer this season. He continued to quicken his release, which allowed him to score more goals from long range than before. Perhaps the greatest area of improvement was Bozon’s defensive game. Previously a floater, Bozon is now a fairly engaged defensive player.

There are still areas for Bozon to improve. As is the case with all junior-aged players, strength and conditioning are both areas to work on. Bozon still must continue to work on his shooting ability to ensure that he simply doesn’t become a garbage goal type at the professional level. In the defensive zone, he needs to become more aggressive and move his feet more often. Bozon could stand to use his frame better; particularly to gain possession as he too often just meagerly pokes away.

Next season, Bozon will turn pro. At this point, the AHL/ECHL looks to be far more likely than the NHL. Bozon has much to improve upon, and the AHL appears to be the best fit. As he was sent back for his overage season, he will be a year older than most of IceCaps new additions (which might provide a small advantage).

Considering Bozon’s skill level and excellent WHL career, he should be a staple in the IceCaps top-nine all season long. He should be able to provide a solid offensive contribution to the IceCaps.

 

Note: I highly recommend checking out CHLStats.com. It’s important to keep in mind that many of the statistics are estimates, so I would advise to focus on the placement relative to the team/league, not the number itself.

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