Montreal Canadiens pick Tim Bozon (Getty Images)It seemed too good to be true this summer when the Montreal Canadiens chanced a third-round choice on Tim Bozon of the Kamloops Blazers. It's been a couple generations since the Habs could be called the Flying Frenchmen with any ring of authenticity, but Bozon is French and his game has more pieces of flair than a server's outfit at a cheesy chain restaurant. It feels right.
Bozon distinguished himself as a prospect with an auspicious debut with Kamloops last season. He scored 36 goals and 72 points while adjusting to the North American style of hockey and lifestyle; he was part of a team that helped revive some of the Blazers' bygone glories by treating their fans to a playoff run for the first time since 1999. (That makes the Office Space reference totally not self-indulgent.)
Coming into this season, there was an eagerness to see what he would do for an encore. Well, he scored a brilliant overtime goal in the Blazers' home opener last Friday, going 1-on-3 against the Kelowna Rockets defenders and picking a corner glove-side on goalie Jordon Cooke.
How often do you see a player succeed with one of those solo rushes in this day and age? How did he manage to fight through the Rockets' checking and get a shot off from right in the slot?
That was also part of hat-trick night for Bozon, his first in the Blazers' blue and orange. It cannot be stressed enough that Bozon is a long way from playing in the NHL, but moments such as this show why people believe Montreal got good value when they snapped him up in the third round of the draft.
(Stick tap: Steve Ewen.)
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