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A former #3 overall pick of the Atlanta Thrashers, Bogosian has struggled to find his game at the NHL level. That doesn't mean the soon-to-be 21-year old defenseman is a complete bust—it just means that maybe a change of scenery is necessary.
Even as a perennial underachiever, Bogosian is every coach's dream. In terms of pure talent and potential, he's the complete package. He's big. He's strong. He can skate like the wind. He's got a missile for a shot. He's got the vision. He's got the touch and the zip to make the most difficult outlet passes look elementary.
Jeff Twohey, who coached a young Chris Pronger back when he played for the Peterborough Petes, has said Bogosian reminds him of the future first-ballot Hall of Fame defenseman. And many NHL scouts agree. Bogosian has the talent to be the next Chris Pronger. He is that good.
But for all of that talent, Bogosian has managed a pedestrian 59 points in three NHL seasons. He's looked lost and out of place in the NHL game. He's struggled to get consistent playing time on a mediocre-at-best Atlanta Thrashers team. And he's (reportedly) unhappy with his current situation, especially after the move to Winnipeg.
Anyone who watched the Flyers during the second half of the 2010-2011 season could see that the team missed Pronger desperately, especially on the power play. Veteran workhorses Kimmo Timonen and Sean O'Donnell looked exhausted. Matt Carle looked like a mid-season call up from the AHL without the former Norris Trophy winner at his side. The powerplay was abysmal without Pronger's steady hand quarterbacking the man advantage.
The Flyers know Chris Pronger isn't getting any younger. With his recent string of injuries, the team needs a contingency plan in the event that Pronger isn't able to be the monstrous force of old. Zach Bogosian can be that contingency plan.
For a player hailed by many as the next Chris Pronger, who better to have as a mentor than the man himself? Everyone knows that Bogosian has the talent to be great. Pronger can help him put it all together.
Despite his underwhelming performances over the past three seasons, the Jets will still want a sizable return for RFA Zach Bogosian. A package of Matt Carle, the Flyers first round pick in 2012, the Panthers' second round selection in 2012, and a mid-level prospect should be enough to bring Bogosian to Philadelphia. Its a hefty price to pay to be sure, but Bogosian has a hefty amount of talent. Should he finally make good on all of his promise, the Flyers will have found their blueline anchor for the next decade.