Tim Bozon
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Tim Bozon

Hometown:

Lugano Switzerland

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-03-24

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

3rd round (64th overall), 2012

Weight:

195 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Tim Bozon spent the season playing in Switzerland where his father, former St. Louis Blue Philippe Bozon, was coaching. He also skated for France in the 2010 U18 Division I A Junior World Championship. He appeared in three games for Kloten’s U20 team and scored 2 goals with 4 penalty minutes. Bozon spent most of the season with Kloten’s U17 team and was the second-leading scorer in Switzerland at that level. In 30 games he scored 26 goals with 29 assists and 22 penalty minutes. In 10 playoff games he scored 2 goals with 4 assists. Bozon had 1 assist and was an even plus/minus as France went 3-2 and finished fourth in the six-team tournament.

2010-11: Bozon played three games with Kloten’s U20 team and spent most of the season with Lugano – skating for that club’s U20 and U17 teams. He skated for France at the 2011 U18 Division I B World Junior Championship – tying for the team lead with six points. After scoring 1 goal in three games in a limited role with Kloten, Bozon found his scoring touch with fourth-place Lugano. In 27 games he had 16 goals with 13 assists and 24 penalty minutes. In three playoff games he scored 1 goal with 1 assist. In 13 games at the U17 level with Lugano, including five playoff games, he scored 10 goals with 10 assists. Bozon scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes in five games at the U18 WJC DI B tournament as France finished third behind Denmark and host Slovenia. He was selected by Kamloops (WHL) in the first round (27th overall) of the 2011 CHL Import Draft.

2011-12: Bozon was the third-leading scorer for Kamloops in his first season in the WHL and represented France at the U18 level for a third time. In 71 games for the Blazers he scored 36 goals with 35 assists and was plus-27 with 40 penalty minutes. In 11 playoff games he had 5 goals and was minus-four with 11 penalty minutes. Kamloops reached the second round of the playoffs after winning 47 games during the regular season. Bozon was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked 42nd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Bozon was the second-leading scorer for Kamloops in his second WHL season and represented France in the 2013 IIHF World Championship. He scored 36 goals and had 55 assists in 69 games and was +37 with 58 penalty minutes. Kamloops was second in the B.C. Division and reached the Western Conference Finals against WHL champion Portland. Bozon missed much of the playoffs — suffering a hand injury in Game 3 of the first round series with Victoria that kept him out until the Portland series. He scored 4 goals with 2 assists in eight playoff games and was an even plus/minus with 10 penalty minutes. Bozon played five games for France and was -4 with 1 assist. Bozon signed a three-year entry-level contract with Montreal in May 2013. 

2013-14: Bozon returned to the WHL for a third season — skating in 13 games with Kamloops before being acquired by the Kootenay Ice in a trade at the end of October. He scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was -5 with 13 penalty minutes with the Blazers prior to the trade. Bozon was the fourth-leading scorer for Kootenay, skating in 50 games before contracting a life-threatening case of meningitis in March 2014. He scored 30 goals with 32 assists and was +14 with 34 penalty minutes. The Ice finished fourth in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. 

2014-15: Bozon made his pro hockey debut in April following an overage season with the WHL’s Kootenay Ice, skating in one game with Montreal AHL affiliate Hamilton. He had no points nor penalty minutes with six shots on goal skating for the Bulldogs. Making his season debut with the Ice at the end of October, Bozon led Kootenay with 35 goals and was -4 with 28 assists and 19 penalty minutes in 57 regular season games. Kootenay finished fourth in the Central Division and fell to the Calgary Hitmen in  a seven-game first-round playoff series. Bozon scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was -3 with 6 penalty minutes in seven playoff games.

 

Talent Analysis

Hudon has an excellent combination of a quick release and an accurate, hard wrist shot, making him dangerous when he has control of the puck. He likes to drive the net and use his stick-handling ability to make his way around defenders and fool the goaltender. He is gifted in the skating department. His defensive side of the game needs some work in order for him to better-compete at the pro level. For a prospect with decent size, he will need to focus on using his frame to win puck battles.

Future

Bozon showed up to training camp with added weight and muscle, which is surprising due to his battle with meningitis. He played in 41 games for Montreal AHL affiliate St. John's in 2015-16, spending time with the ECHL's Brampton Beast. Bozon has some offensive ability but will need to develop the supplementary areas of his game and add the strength and mobility necessary to compete at the NHL level.

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