Sabres' Bogosian is 100-percent to start the season

The defenseman likes the changes that have been made

Paul Hamilton
August 30, 2018 - 1:47 pm

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Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Zach Bogosian is back in Buffalo skating with the group at HarborCenter. He had his new No. 4 on his helmet, a number he wore as a kid in Atlanta.

Bogosian couldn’t wear the No. 4 or 44 when he was traded to Buffalo because they were being worn by Josh Gorges and Nick Deslauriers.

Bogosian had two separate injuries last season that cost him 64 games. He’s had a good summer of training and said he’s at 100-percent. He also said he pushed himself a lot, “It’s gone well, it was a long summer, longer than any of us would’ve liked, I had a good summer of training and it was nice to be back with the guys.”

Professional sports can be just as taxing mentally as they are physically. Bogosian has had a career full of injuries, playing over 65 games just twice in his career. He said being healthy now is a huge load off his mind, “I think it’s huge, haven’t been 100 percent for quite some time, so it feels nice to be able to go out there and not be thinking about an injury, you go out there and just play your game.

“I know when I’m at the top of my game, I can be effective out there.”

Bogosian has been ready for seasons to start in the past, but he’s REALLY ready for this year, “I’m super excited to get things going. The way things have gone the last few years, you take a long, hard look at yourself in the mirror and figure out what you can do to be part of the solution and I think the guys have done a good job of that this summer.”

So what did Bogosian see when he looked into that mirror? “Being healthy would be one. It’s something that I’ve struggled with the last few years, staying healthy and staying in the lineup and not being able to be around the guys and I think when I’m healthy and everyone is healthy as a team, we can be a good group together moving forward.”

We all know Jason Botterill has made a lot of changes. Nine new players are in and 10 are out. Bogosian said, “Change can be good, you never want to see some of your friends go, but you realize it’s a business and I think Bots and his staff have done a good job of assembling a team that can have success.

“The players that we’ve gotten through trades and free agency are really going to help us, it won’t take us long to gel together as a group because we’re all coming in with a fresh slate, a new mindset, a new attitude and we’re all going to do that together.

“You get a guy like Sheary who’s been in Pittsburgh and they’ve had so much success and you get guys who have been around a ton of different players and it’s only going to help us.”

There’s a good chance that Bogosian will be paired with Rasmus Dahlin at some point. He said, “Getting him, it’s huge, it’s a big thing for the city of Buffalo, it’s a big thing for us and with that being said, when he comes in, you realize he’s going to have a lot of pressure on him being the top pick, but as a team, we’ll try to help him out and help him grow as a player.

“In my short time around him he seems like a really good kid and a really good person and those are people that we want in the organization.”

Others joining the team skate were Casey Nelson, Linus Ullmark and Evan Rodrigues. Still no sign of Alex Nylander or Nick Baptiste.

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