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The smooth-skating Zach Bogosian just signed his last contract based on potential alone.
After being drafted third overall in 2008, there were some high expectations for the offensive defenseman in Atlanta. But the big numbers never came, unless you're looking at his plus/minus stat: a minus-34 across his three-year career.
He has yet to crack the 30-point barrier, or even come close enough to say hello before receding again.
But locking up Bogosian to a two-year, $2.5 million deal was a must for the Jets. You can't just let a guy with this much possibility just sit there. I think the cap hit is a bit much, but it isn't any worse than the contract Detroit doled out to Jonathan Ericsson earlier this offseason based on the same merit.
That merit being potential.
The short term of the deal insulates Winnipeg against being stuck with a tanking blueliner, but also gives them a chance to see if Bogosian can develop into something more. His name has been around the league for a few years so it is easy to forget he is only 21.
Contract Grade: C+