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  • Trade Target Series: Michael Del Zotto


    After scoring 31 points in his rookie season with Rangers in ‘09-'10, his defense sent him to a -20 in plus/minus. Since his rookie season, he has taken a turn in his defensive game. While still not being considered a defensive specialist, he has been better - even posting a +20 in the '11-'12 and scoring 41 points.

    Problem is that his offensive game from the OHL has not followed him to the NHL. His career season has been that 41 point season, and other than his rookie season, has not come close to consistently matching that offensive output.

    Del Zotto is a guy that gets the benefit of a lot of offensive zone starts because he still possesses the ability to get his shot through to the net. Most defensemen get numbers because of the second assist, but Del Zotto, throughout his career, is able to get the primary assist because he shoots the puck from the blueline and gets it through.

    The Rangers were never a dominant puck possession team under John Tortorella and you can see how that affected Del Zotto's advanced stats. It wasn't until he went to Nashville, a much more defensively sound team where he finally jumped over the 50 percentile for Corsi For.

    How Does He Fit in Minnesota?


    Lines? But of Course

    Suter - Spurgeon

    Scandella - Del Zotto

    Brodin - Folin


    That's not to mention that he'd be coming to a team that has made the playoffs the last two years and there is a need for defensemen on the Wild.


    That and Del Zotto would guarantee at least one new fan of the Wild, Liam Traynor. You can read the story about Liam, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, here. Del Zotto kept in touch with the boy after he was traded to Nashville and continues to keep in contact with him. A really neat story, and Liam and his family will be forever grateful for the time Michael has spent with him.


    Would Michael Del Zotto be a savior on for the Wild team? No, of course not. But that is not what the Wild are looking for either. They already have a solid leadership core and talent that all he would need to do is put points up on the board and not be a liability on defense.

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