The Montreal Canadiens made a minor league swap with the Florida Panthers on Saturday, sending forward Tim Bozon to Florida in exchange for defenseman Jonathan Racine.
Both players were drafted in the third round, Bozon was 64th overall in 2012 by the Canadiens and Racine being 87th in 2011.
Bozon, 22, is a native of France and the USA, and spent last season in the AHL, and ECHL. He also appeared internationally for France. He 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.
Racine, 23, is from Montreal and possesses a high level of defensive awareness and hockey smarts and is a terrific athlete — a combination that makes him a highly effective defender. Racine will play a hard hitting, physical game, but he will more often use those skills to supplement outstanding positioning and tactical play in his own zone. He rarely makes wrong choices even under heavy pressure and is a capable transition player even though he is not an attacking defender. He spent last season with San Antonio, in the AHL.
This trade provides the Canadiens with a left-handed defenseman, who is a hometown guy. For me, Montreal won this