Michael Del Zotto

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Michael Del Zotto
Michael Del Zotto - Philadelphia Flyers.jpg
Del Zotto with the Flyers in 2014
Born (1990-06-24) June 24, 1990 (age 28)
Stouffville, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Anaheim Ducks
New York Rangers
Nashville Predators
Philadelphia Flyers
Vancouver Canucks
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 20th overall, 2008
New York Rangers
Playing career 2009–present

Michael Del Zotto (born June 24, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted in the first round, 20th overall, by the New York Rangers at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He has previously played in the NHL for the Rangers, Nashville Predators, Philadelphia Flyers and the Vancouver Canucks.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Del Zotto played minor ice hockey with the Stouffville Clippers A of the Whitchurch-Stouffville Minor Hockey Association. He then played for the Richmond Hill Stars and the Markham Waxers in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association's Eastern AAA League.[citation needed] His Waxers team also featured Steven Stamkos, Cody Hodgson and Cameron Gaunce.[1] The group won eight consecutive OMHA titles from 1999 to 2006 and the OHL Cup in Minor Midget.[citation needed] He played in the 2003 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with Markham.[2]

Del Zotto was the second overall selection by the Oshawa Generals in the 2006 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.[3]

Junior[edit]

During his first season with the Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Del Zotto helped his home province of Ontario win the gold medal in the 2007 Canada Winter Games.[3]

In his second season with Oshawa, Del Zotto's 63 points ranked him third among OHL defencemen. He made his second OHL playoff appearance in 2008, when the Generals reached the third round. Del Zotto was then chosen for the 2008 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Top Prospects Game.[3] At the end of the season, on June 20, Del Zotto was selected in the first round, 20th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers.[4]

On January 8, 2009, Del Zotto traded along with teammates John Tavares and Daryl Borden to the London Knights in exchange for prospects Christian Thomas, Scott Valentine, Michael Zador and six draft picks.[5]

Professional[edit]

After the 2008–09 OHL season season concluded, Del Zotto signed a professional contract with the New York Rangers on May 26, 2009.[6] On October 2, he made his NHL debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins. At the age of 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 at Madison Square Garden. Del Zotto proved he was an asset to the team, and, as a result, averaged 20 to 25 minutes per game throughout the 2009–10 season.

Del Zotto as a Ranger.

Del Zotto was awarded the NHL's Rookie of the Month award for October 2009 after posting 12 points in his first 14 professional games.[7] Placing second in scoring amongst all rookie defencemen with 37 points in 80 games, Del Zotto was also named to the 2010 NHL All-Rookie Team.[8]

In his second professional season, 2010–11, Del Zotto struggled to reproduce his rookie season form consistently, and was subsequently assigned to the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Connecticut Whale, on January 4, 2011. However, he was later recalled by the Rangers, and finished the NHL season with 11 points in 47 games during his split year. During the 2011–12 season, Del Zotto rebounded in a highly-successful year for New York to complete his second full season in the NHL, scoring ten goals and 31 assists in 77 games.

As a restricted free agent during the 2012–13 NHL lock-out, Del Zotto signed a temporary contract with Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the Swiss National League A on October 31, 2012.[9] In nine games for the Lakers, Del Zotto produced two goals and seven points before returning to North America in anticipation for the shortened 2012–13 season. Upon a resolution to the NHL lock-out, Del Zotto signed a two-year contract extension with the Rangers on the opening day of training camp on January 13, 2013.[10]

On January 22, 2014, Del Zotto was traded by the Rangers to the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenceman Kevin Klein.[11] Del Zotto finished the season with the Predators with just one goal and five points from 25 games. With the final year of his contract completed, and despite being a restricted free agent, Del Zotto was not tendered a new contract offer by Nashville, and he subsequently became a free agent.[12]

On August 5, 2014, Del Zotto signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.[13] Following the 2014–15 season, Del Zotto became a restricted free agent under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Flyers made him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights and, on July 5, 2015, Del Zotto filed for salary arbitration.[14] The two sides came to an agreement on contract of two years, $7.75 million before the arbitration hearing.[15]

On July 1, 2017, as an unrestricted free agent, Del Zotto signed a two-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks worth $6 million.[16] In the 2017–18 season, Del Zotto played in a career-high 82 games and collected 6 goals and 16 assists for 22 points. He led the Canucks in ice time (1,706 minutes) and joined Henrik Sedin as the only two Vancouver players to play every game that season.

In the final year of his contract with the Canucks in the 2018–19 season, Del Zotto was unable to replicate his previous season form, producing just 4 points through 23 games. On January 16, 2019, Del Zotto was traded by the Canucks to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Luke Schenn and seventh-round pick in 2020.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Del Zotto attended St. Brother André Catholic High School in Markham, Ontario, and later attended St. Andrew's College in nearby Aurora. He wore number 4 in junior and in the NHL with the Rangers in homage to Boston Bruins great Bobby Orr.[3]

Del Zotto's father, Steven Del Zotto, was a football player at York University and was drafted as a wide receiver by the Toronto Argonauts in the eighth round, 66th overall, of the 1986 CFL Draft.

Del Zotto has done charitable work, including Madison Square Garden's "Garden of Dreams" foundation, in which a segment of his work was featured in Lisa Varga's Beyond the Offseason.[18]

In 2014, Del Zotto was derided by pornographic actress Lisa Ann on Twitter for harrying her regarding dating.[19][20]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Markham Waxers OMHA 73 30 90 120 90
2006−07 Oshawa Generals OHL 64 10 47 57 78 9 3 9 12 14
2007−08 Oshawa Generals OHL 64 16 47 63 82 15 2 6 8 38
2008−09 Oshawa Generals OHL 34 7 26 33 48
2008−09 London Knights OHL 28 6 24 30 30 14 3 16 19 18
2009−10 New York Rangers NHL 80 9 28 37 32
2010−11 New York Rangers NHL 47 2 9 11 20
2010−11 Connecticut Whale AHL 11 0 7 7 8
2011−12 New York Rangers NHL 77 10 31 41 36 20 2 8 10 12
2012−13 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 9 2 5 7 10
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
2013−14 Nashville Predators NHL 25 1 4 5 8
2014−15 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 64 10 22 32 34
2015−16 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 52 4 9 13 16
2016−17 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 51 6 12 18 28
2017−18 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 6 16 22 48
2018−19 Vancouver Canucks NHL 23 1 3 4 8
NHL totals 589 54 161 215 258 32 3 9 12 20

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Canada WC 7th 5 0 0 0 0
Senior totals 5 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ex-Waxers inspire current crop". yorkregion.com. August 20, 2008. Retrieved February 16, 2019. former teammates Steven Stamkos, Cody Hodgson and Michael Del Zotto
  2. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  3. ^ a b c d "Del Zotto, Michael – NHL.com - NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profiles". NHL.com. 2008. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
  4. ^ "Rangers thrilled to land Del Zotto at No. 20". New York Rangers. June 21, 2008. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2008.
  5. ^ "Del Zotto traded to London Knights". New York Rangers. January 9, 2009. Archived from the original on January 11, 2009. Retrieved January 22, 2009.
  6. ^ "Rangers sign 2008 first-round pick Del Zotto". New York Rangers. May 26, 2009. Archived from the original on May 30, 2009. Retrieved May 26, 2009.
  7. ^ "Rangers' Del Zotto top October rookie". NHL.com. November 3, 2009. Archived from the original on January 6, 2010. Retrieved November 3, 2009.
  8. ^ "Rangers' Del Zotto selected to All-Rookie team". New York Rangers. May 1, 2010. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
  9. ^ "NY Rangers' Michael Del Zotto signs with Rapperswil-Jona Lakers". New York Daily News. October 31, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  10. ^ "Michael Del Zotto re-signs with NY Rangers to two-year deal". New York Daily News. January 13, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  11. ^ "Michael Del Zotto traded to Predators, Kevin Klein to Rangers". CBS Sports. January 22, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  12. ^ "Predators set to part with Del Zotto". The Tennessean. June 29, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  13. ^ "Flyers, Del Zotto agree to one-year contract". Philadelphia Flyers. August 5, 2014. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
  14. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=773987[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Flyers, Del Zotto agree on 2-year, $7.75M contract". The Morning Call. July 16, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  16. ^ "Michael Del Zotto signed to a two-year contract". Vancouver Canucks. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  17. ^ "Ducks acquire Del Zotto from Vancouver in exchange for Scheen, pick". Anaheim Ducks. January 16, 2019. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  18. ^ "Flyers' Michael Del Zotto reunited with best friend". Fox Sports. 2015-03-04. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  19. ^ "Porn star calls out Rangers' Del Zotto on Twitter". NY Daily News. 2014-11-05. Retrieved 2014-11-05.
  20. ^ "Porn star to NHLer Del Zotto: I'm not your wing man". thestar.com. 2014-11-05. Retrieved 2014-11-05.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alexei Cherepanov
New York Rangers first round draft pick
2008
Succeeded by
Chris Kreider