"I think it's easier that way. Let him show us what he's capable of doing, don't put the pressure of him doing extra just to make the team. If he's not ready to play in the NHL, we'll recognize that and send him back to junior. But if he's ready to play a role on this team, there's no reason not to keep him."
Two years ago, he was being picked in the first round of the bantam draft by Peterborough. Two years ago, he didn't have a driver's licence.
It's very, very rare than an 18-year-old defenceman can make any sort of impact in the NHL, and to do so on what appears to be an awful team like the Thrashers would be downright impossible. It makes zero sense to rush Bogosian into the NHL when, if he plays more than nine games this season, a year of his entry level deal will be eaten up.
Let's say, in a best case scenario, he becomes a bonafide stud a few years from now, but played his rookie season in 2008-09. The result would see Bogosian finish his entry level deal at 21, due for a big contract for several years, and become an unrestricted free agent at 25.
With the Thrashers not in any position to use his services toward getting into the playoffs, how on earth can they decide burn that first year?
If Atlanta's smart, Bogosian's headed back to junior. From the look of their depth chart, where he's pencilled in at No. 6, that might not be in the cards.
UPDATE Brian Costello from The Hockey News had a good piece on this earlier this week, pointing out just how few players play in the league immediately after being drafted.