Height/Weight: 6'1", 183 lbs.
Youth Team: Geneve-Servette U15
Current Team: Kamloops (WHL)
Aside from the elite forwards like Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk, a lot of scouts believe that it is somewhat of a crapshoot in terms of which forwards will develop into good or great NHL players. Kamloops Blazers winger Tim Bozon is one of the most offensively-gifted players in the class, but he wasn't taken as early as many of his counterparts. Even so, Bozon has the skill set to make an impact at the next level.
Bozon burst onto the scene this past season in the Western Hockey League with 36 goals and 71 points in 71 games for Kamloops. That performance was good enough to earn him Rookie of the Year consideration in the WHL and it also increased his draft stock in a big way. Bozon had previously played junior hockey in Switzerland and obviously came over to North America with a very polished game.
Bozon was born in the United States, but is also French as his father, Philippe Bozon, was an NHL player for the St. Louis Blues. Bozon has competed for the French National Team and was particularly impressive in the U18 Division 1 tournament as he racked up six points in five games. Bozon has proven to be an excellent skater who has speed, but also has the awareness to get into scoring areas quickly and efficiently. Once there, he uses his exceptional shot to light the lamp.
He has good size at 6'1" and 183 lbs., but could certainly stand to use that size more effectively. He isn't particularly tough to separate from the puck and isn't overly physical on the defensive end either. What Bozon lacks in physicality, though, he tries to make up for in positioning and tenacity. He has a penchant for hounding puck carriers on defense and that makes him a pretty valuable all-around forward.
I'm not sure that his offensive ability will translate completely to the NHL, but if he continues to play sound defensive hockey, fills out his frame a bit more and becomes a tougher player, he will most definitely have greater value. Bozon is a bit of a sleeper player in this draft, but he should live up to his draft position and then some.
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