Michael Del Zotto
|Michael Del Zotto|
June 24, 1990 |
Stouffville, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)|
New York Rangers
|NHL Draft||20th overall, 2008
New York Rangers
Del Zotto began his hockey career with the Stouffville Clippers A of the Whitchurch-Stouffville Minor Hockey Association (WSMHA). He then played for the Richmond Hill Stars and the Markham Waxers in the OMHA's Eastern AAA League (OMHA). His Waxers minor hockey club also featured future NHL'ers Steven Stamkos, Cody Hodgson and Cameron Gaunce. The group won eight consecutive OMHA titles from 1999-2006 and the OHL Cup in Minor Midget. Del Zotto was the 2nd overall selection by the Oshawa Generals in the 2006 OHL Priority Selection.
In his second season with Oshawa, Del Zotto's 63 points ranked him third among defencemen in the OHL. He made his second OHL playoff appearance when the Oshawa Generals got to the third round in the 2008 OHL playoffs. Del Zotto was chosen for the 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game.
On January 8, 2009, Del Zotto was part of a trade that would send him, along with teammates John Tavares and Daryl Borden, to the London Knights for prospects Christian Thomas, Scott Valentine, Michael Zador and six draft picks.
On October 2, 2009, Del Zotto made his NHL debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins. At age 19, he became the youngest defenceman in Rangers history to play on an opening night. Del Zotto scored his first NHL goal the next day, against Pascal Leclaire of the Ottawa Senators, in the Rangers' home opener. Del Zotto proved he was an asset to the team and, as a result, averaged 20–25 minutes per game.
Del Zotto was awarded the NHL's Rookie of The Month for October 2009 after posting 12 points in his first 14 professional games. Placing second in scoring amongst all rookie defenseman with 37 points in 80 games, Del Zotto was named to the 2010 NHL All-Rookie Team.
In his second professional season in 2010–11, Del Zotto struggled to reproduce his rookie season form consistently and was reassigned to AHL affiliate, the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League on January 4, 2011. He was later recalled by the Rangers and finished with just 11 points in 47 games during his split year. During the 2011–12 season, Del Zotto rebounded in a highly successful year for the Rangers, to complete his second full season in the NHL, recording 10 goals with 31 assists in 77 games.
As a Restricted Free Agent during the 2012 NHL lockout, he signed a temporary contract with European club Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the Swiss National League A on October 31, 2012. In 9 games for the Lakers, Del Zotto produced 2 goals and 7 points before returning to North America in anticipation for the shortened 2012–13 season. Upon a resolution to the NHL lockout, Del Zotto was re-signed to a two-year contract with the Rangers on the opening day of training camp on January 13, 2013.
On January 22, 2014, Del Zotto was traded by the Rangers to the Nashville Predators for Kevin Klein. Del Zotto finished the season with the Predators to contribute with just 1 goal and 5 points in 25 games. With the final year of his contract completed, and despite being under restricted free agent rights was not tendered a new contract offer by Nashville and was subsequently released to free agency.
For high school, he attended St. Brother Andre Catholic High School in Markham, Ontario, then later on attended St. Andrew's College in Aurora, Ontario. Del Zotto wore number 4 in junior and in the NHL with the Rangers in homage to Boston Bruins great Bobby Orr.
Regular season and playoffs
|2009−10||New York Rangers||NHL||80||9||28||37||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010−11||New York Rangers||NHL||47||2||9||11||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011−12||New York Rangers||NHL||77||10||31||41||36||20||2||8||10||12|
|2012−13||New York Rangers||NHL||46||3||18||21||18||12||1||1||2||8|
|2013−14||New York Rangers||NHL||42||2||9||11||10||—||—||—||—||—|
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- "Michael Del Zotto re-signs with NY Rangers to two-year deal". New York Daily News. 2013-01-13. Retrieved 2013-01-13.
- "Michael Del Zotto traded to Predators, Kevin Klein to Rangers". CBS Sports. 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
- "Predators set to part with Del Zotto". The Tennessean. 2014-06-29. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
- "Flyers, Del Zotto agree to one-year contract". Philadelphia Flyers. 2014-08-05. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
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