Sabres' Bogosian is healthy again and thriving

The defenseman is playing an aggresive style

Paul Hamilton
October 25, 2018 - 10:26 pm

Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports


Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - I’ve been saying this since last season ended that we really don’t know what the Sabres have in Zach Bogosian because he hadn’t played one game here healthy. I think we got a glimpse of a healthy Bogosian in San Jose, Anaheim, Los Angeles and now here in Buffalo.

In just five games, Bogosian, Jake McCabe and Rasmus Ristolainen leads the team in blocks shots with 16 and fights with three. He also played fast and added a goal and an assist. Bogosian is happy and relieved to be healthy, “Yes, I feel good. I think it took me a couple of games to catch up to the game speed, but it just feels nice to be out there playing games again that’s for sure.”

Bogosian impressed Housley in last year’s training camp, but he got hurt in the final preseason game and only played 18 games all season. Housley said, “He’s been a big part of our team since he got back into the lineup against Vegas. I just like the physical aspect of his game and I’m not saying dropping the gloves, he’s been tough to play against in front of our net, he’s making the right reads defensively, he’s boxing out and he’s adding to the rush, so he just got better and better and better and I didn’t realize how strong of a player he was, I just knew last training camp that he’s a powerful man and he’s shown how important he is to our team.”

Bogosian has 16 blocked shots this season and is throwing his body everywhere. He says he can’t think about getting hurt again, “I think you either have it or you don’t, I think it’s inside of certain people, there’s not a lot of thinking that goes on in those situations, the game’s so fast that it happens out there pretty quick, but it’s more just your natural instinct to stick up for a teammate or stand in front of a shot or do that type of thing.”

In this game against Montreal, Bogosian was on the ice for the Max Domi goal, but it was a bad clearing pass by Marco Scandella and he had nothing to do with it.

On the Joel Armia goal, both Bogosian and Scandella tried to draw an icing that they should’ve gotten and then Carter Hutton lost track of the puck.

I liked how Bogosian pinched well throughout the game. He was very aggressive in his approach and even got in deep and got a puck into the paint for a scoring chance.

Bogosian played just under 19 minutes on the game, had two hits and one blocked shot.

The Sabres take a three-game winning streak into Columbus on Saturday.

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