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5 Michael Del Zotto D
Height/Weight: 6-0/195 | Birthdate: 6/24/1990 | Birthplace: North York, Ontario, Canada | Team: | College: | NHL Experience: 5 | Salary: /images/players/unknown-player-170x170.png | Owned/Started%: 32/15 | Average Draft Position: 122.91

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7/19/2014

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

Free Agent Del Zotto Talking To Suitors

News: Michael Del Zotto remains a free agent past the mid-point of July, but he's not disappointed. "It's motivating," said the defender this week at a charity golf tournament. "This summer is the hardest I've ever worked."
Analysis: He says he's been talking to "a bunch" of teams, but he wouldn't reveal how many or which ones. "I'm just waiting for the right opportunity to prove myself again," he said, "and prove everybody who's doubted me wrong." He'll need top-four minutes and a job on the power play to be fantasy relevant again. There just aren't a lot of those gigs out there.

6/30/2014

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

Preds Move On From Del Zotto

News: The Predators have not extended a qualifying offer to Michael Del Zotto, the Tennessean reports.
Analysis: The Preds were unable to trade or re-sign Michael Del Zotto, so the 24-year-old blueliner will become an unrestricted free agent following a season in which he recorded 16 points in 67 games combined between the Rangers and Preds.

6/29/2014

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

Preds Admit Del Zotto "Not A Fit"

News: Predators' general manager David Poile admitted Sunday that Michael Del Zotto is "not a fit" currently with the team and he's exploring a trade that would move the young defender out of town.
Analysis: There's also a chance they may just jettison him by not qualifying him (he's an RFA). We knew he'd been a colossal flop in Nashville, but this is incredible. Months ago, former Barry Trotz told reporters that Michael Del Zotto's game had slipped. Now, it seems that no team is interested in his services. Wow.

3/29/2014

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

Preds' Del Zotto Scores Goal In Loss Friday

News: Michael Del Zotto scored just his third goal of the season during Friday's loss to the Stars.
Analysis: Michael Del Zotto has been a colossal disappointment for Nashville since they acquired him from the Rangers in January and was actually benched last week for poor decision-making on the ice, particularly in his own zone. Since that benching he has a goal and an assist over his last four games, but more importantly, he has an even rating in that span. He's got eight games left this season to prove himself to the Predators or he could be headed out the door as quickly as he arrived.

3/20/2014

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH Preds Bench Del Zotto

Michael Del Zotto

Preds Bench Del Zotto

News: Michael Del Zotto sat out Wednesday's game against Vancouver as a healthy scratch, the Tennessean reports. "[Del Zotto]'s game has slipped, and our coaching staff has talked to him about making solid decisions, solid plays and he has gotten away from that a little bit," coach Barry Trotz said.
Analysis: When the Preds acquired Michael Del Zotto from the Rangers back in January, Trotz originally said they were going to "let him loose" in order to capitalize on his offensive abilities, but that philosophy seems to have changed. In the 18 games he's played as a Predator, Del Zotto has zero goals and just three assists. Furthermore, he's been a dreadful liability in his own zone lately, with a combined minus-6 rating over his last three games, which no doubt prompted Wednesday's benching. Anyone who was expecting Del Zotto to return to his high-scoring ways from two seasons ago has been sadly disappointed. At this point, it remains to be seen if, or even when, he will get a chance to get back into the lineup.

3/1/2014

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH Preds' Del Zotto: Just Two Points In 10 Games

Michael Del Zotto

Preds' Del Zotto: Just Two Points In 10 Games

News: Michael Del Zotto picked up just his second point as a member of the Predators in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Jets. He has two assists in 10 games in his new home.
Analysis: His ice time was at 12:21. Barry Trotz might just be the man to iron out the wrinkles in this talented defender's game. We suspect his production is going to suffer while he works on his own-zone play. Keeper leaguers should keep the faith, but single-year owners need to weigh the risks and act accordingly.

1/29/2014

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

Del Zotto Tallies First Point With Nashville

News: Michael Del Zotto collected his first point in a Predators jersey Tuesday, assisting on Seth Jones' first-period goal in a 4-3 win over the Jets.
Analysis: Michael Del Zotto had gone without a point in his first three games since coming over in a trade from the Rangers, but has looked like an asset on defense in his new surroundings thus far. DZ's defensive-zone play was an issue with the Rangers and a big reason that his offense declined so precipitously over the last couple years, so it's good to see him displaying better play overall in his new environs.

1/24/2014

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

Del Zotto Impresses In Debut With Preds

News: Michael Del Zotto went pointless in his debut as a Predator during Thursday's 3-1 win over the Canucks. However, coach Barry Trotz was impressed with what he saw. "I liked a lot of things [Del Zotto] did," Trotz said. "He had good compete for me, his puck management was really good. Especially since he hadn't played with us. I was really happy with his effort."
Analysis: Despite the glowing reviews, Michael Del Zotto only saw 13:15 worth of ice time skating on the second pairing with rookie Seth Jones. Until he starts seeing something in the range of 20 minutes per night with some power-play time thrown in, he is not likely to make a noticeable fantasy impact in most formats. Keep an eye on how Trotz uses him going forward before inserting him into your lineups.

1/23/2014

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

Preds Hoping Del Zotto Can Bolster Scoring

News: Michael Del Zotto will be allowed to utilize his offensive abilities when he makes his Predators debut Thursday against the Canucks, the Tennessean reports. "We're going to let him loose," coach Barry Trotz said.
Analysis: Michael Del Zotto looked like an emerging offensive force from the blue line when he recorded 41 points and a +20 rating in 77 games for the Rangers in 2011-12, however his defensive abilities soon began to come into question. As a result, Del Zotto frequently found himself serving as a healthy scratch for much of the past two seasons prior to getting traded to Nashville. The Preds, who are looking for additional firepower from the blue line to complement the likes of Shea Weber, Seth Jones and Roman Josi, are hoping that a change of scenery will do Del Zotto some good and that he can contribute to what has been one of the NHL's more mediocre offensive attacks. Wait and see how Del Zotto does in his first few games before you throw him into your fantasy lineups.

1/22/2014

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

Del Zotto Traded To Predators

News: Michael Del Zotto was traded to the Predators on Wednesday in exchange for Kevin Klein, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Analysis: Michael Del Zotto was in coach Alain Vigneault's dog house earlier this season, so a trade has been rumored for a while now. He'll take his two goals and 11 assists to Nashville, where he'll be expected to pitch in as a puck moving defenseman immediately. He could be a nice upside pickup in light of the change of scenery, as he managed to score at a 0.5 point-per-game pace in his previous two campaigns.

1/9/2014

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

Rangers' Del Zotto Extend Streak In Win

News: Michael Del Zotto registered a power-play assist in Wednesday's 3-2 win over Chicago.
Analysis: That's a season-high three-game point streak for MDZ. The 23-year-old blueliner, who has been in and out of head coach Alain Vigneault's dog house this season, appears to be picking up the pace. Should the production continue, you have to wonder whether it strengthens his status with Vigneault or simply increases Michael Del Zotto's trade value. The 23-year-old is minus-6 with two goals and eight assists in 35 games played.

1/5/2014

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

Rangers' Del Zotto Soured?

News: Michael Del Zotto registered an assist and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 7-1 victory over Toronto.
Analysis: After serving as a healthy scratch in the team's previous two tilts, speculative reports suggest the defenseman's agent got involved and forced the hand of head coach Alain Vigneault. Whatever happened, MDZ was one of five different Rangers' blue liners that registered a point in the win, so it's difficult to suggest whether his status with Vigneault has changed. It appears the only certainty surrounding the once highly touted Michael Del Zotto is that his days on Broadway could be numbered.

1/1/2014

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH Rangers' Del Zotto To Sit Tuesday

Michael Del Zotto

Rangers' Del Zotto To Sit Tuesday

News: Michael Del Zotto will watch Tuesday's tilt against the Panthers from the press box, reports Andrew Gross of The Record.
Analysis: With Anton Stralman (wrist) and Marc Staal (concussion) returning to the lineup, someone had to sit. While MDZ and Justin Falk are the odd men out on New Year's Eve, inconsistent play has left head coach Alain Vigneault juggling lines all season. Vigneault reportedly used the word "jittery" when referring to the veteran defenseman's puck-handling skills of late. Already a subject of trade rumors, the possibility of Stralman and/or Staal re-aggravating their respective injuries leaves MDZ with an opportunity to get back into the lineup. For those still holding onto the 23-year-old, the short-term fantasy future just got a little more uncertain.

12/26/2013

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH Rangers' Del Zotto Close To Be Shipped Out?

Michael Del Zotto

Rangers' Del Zotto Close To Be Shipped Out?

News: Despite not having registered a point in five games, multiple rumors continue to swirl about a trade involving Michael Del Zotto's services.
Analysis: After starting his career with 89 points in his first 204 career games, in addition to being a defensive liability at times, Michael Del Zotto has since been a shadow of himself offensively. MDZ is considered to be a reclamation project that simply needs a change of scenery and has been rumored in deals to Toronto, Florida and Ottawa to name a few. The veteran blue-liner is a minus-8 with seven points (two goals) through 30 games played.

11/30/2013

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

Rangers' Del Zotto Gets Goal In Return

News: Michael Del Zotto connected on a power-play goal in the Rangers' 5-2 win over the Canucks on Saturday.
Analysis: Entering the lineup for the first time in three games, Michael Del Zotto finally showed some offensive involvement Saturday, registering his fifth point of the season. He's still been a huge underachiever for both the Rangers and fantasy owners alike, and he'll need to string together a few productive outings before fully distancing himself from coach Alain Vigneault's doghouse.

11/30/2013

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

MDZ To Play In Rangers' Grudge Match

News: Michael Del Zotto will play in Saturday's tilt with the Canucks, reports Steve Zipay of Newsday.
Analysis: After being scratched five times in the Rangers' last eight games, MDZ will suit up Saturday afternoon. One could surmise Vigneault is hoping to tug on the slumping defenseman's emotions and inspire a productive game against his former coach John Tortorella. Any owners still hanging onto hopes of a Michael Del Zotto resurgence are surely hoping for the same. The 23-year-old Ontario native will get a chance to not only improve on his four points and minus-6 rating in 19 games played this season, but his trade value to the organization as well.

11/27/2013

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

Rangers' Del Zotto To Sit Out Wednesday

News: Michael Del Zotto will be a healthy scratch Wednesday night against the Panthers, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.
Analysis: Michael Del Zotto, who has posted a minus-3 rating over his last four games, will give way to Justin Falk on Wednesday night.

11/20/2013

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

Rangers' Del Zotto Will Play Thursday

News: Michael Del Zotto will play Thursday against the Stars, ESPNNewYork.com reports.
Analysis: The former first-round pick has been a healthy scratch the past three games, after putting up just four points (1G, 3A) and a minus-4 rating in his first 16 games to begin the season. He'll return to the lineup Thursday but coach Alain Vigneault said Michael Del Zotto has not shown enough for him to be able to say he's going to be in the lineup every night.

11/20/2013

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

Rangers' Del Zotto Expected To Play Thursday

News: Michael Del Zotto is expected to suit up for Thursday's game against the Stars, Katie Strang of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Michael Del Zotto has been a healthy scratch for three straight games, and head coach Alain Vigneault indicated that he'll need to prove he belongs to avoid going back to the press box. The young blueliner has just one goal, three assists, and a minus-4 rating in 16 games to date

11/19/2013

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH Rangers' Del Zotto Healthy Scratched

Michael Del Zotto

Rangers' Del Zotto Healthy Scratched

News: Michael Del Zotto will serve as a healthy scratch against the Bruins on Tuesday, reports Steve Zipay of Newsday.
Analysis: Justin Falk will fill in for Michael Del Zotto. This is not good news for owners who used a draft pick on Del Zotto, who will watch his third straight game from the press box. However, head coach Alain Vigneault is likely to plug the formerly productive blueliner into the lineup again at some point, so stay alert. There have also been rumors of a trade in the works, though there's been no word on that front recently.

11/15/2013

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

Rangers' Del Zotto Will Sit Saturday

News: Michael Del Zotto will not be in the lineup Saturday vs. the Canadiens, ESPN's Katie Strang reports.
Analysis: The blueliner was not shocked by the decision, noting that his minutes had dwindled in recent games. Michael Del Zotto has been a glaring disappointment this season for the Rangers and fantasy owners alike, supplying just four points in 16 games while noticing a nearly five-minute drop in time on ice per game.

11/4/2013

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

Rangers' Del Zotto Finally Scores

News: Michael Del Zotto scored his first goal of the year -- and the Rangers' lone goal of the game -- in Monday's 2-1 loss to Anaheim.
Analysis: Good for DZ to finally break through with a marker, though he's looked better on the offensive end in general lately, tallying three points in his last four games after opening the season with eight scoreless contests.

10/31/2013

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

Rangers' Del Zotto Assists In Win

News: Michael Del Zotto picked up an assist on Derick Brassard's first-period power-play goal Thursday against Buffalo. He took two shots on goal, laid one hit, blocked a shot, and was assessed a minor penalty.
Analysis: After getting on the board for the first time this year Tuesday, Michael Del Zotto kept the good times rolling, which has to be reassuring for fantasy owners who struggled with him through eight scoreless games to start the year.

10/30/2013

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

Rangers' Del Zotto Finds Point Column

News: Michael Del Zotto registered his first point of the season, an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Islanders.
Analysis: After being healthy scratched last week, fantasy owners who have stayed patient with Michael Del Zotto (minus-5) should be happy to read he's still logging second pairing minutes and power play time. More known for his offensive contributions, the veteran defenseman is off to a horrid start. While we can't guarantee this is a sign of things to come, it's certainly reason enough for owners in deep leagues to keep the 23-year-old around for now.

10/23/2013

Michael Del Zotto, D, NSH

Michael Del Zotto

Del Zotto Back In Rangers' Lineup?

News: It appears Michael Del Zotto will be back in the lineup against Philadelphia on Thursday, reports Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record.
Analysis: No word yet as to whether he'll participate in the power play. After siting out two straight games -- the latter as a healthy scratch -- in favor of summer arrival Justin Falk, it appears Michael Del Zotto will get an opportunity to get things going. Tread lightly Del Zotto fans and cross your fingers he's able to get something going.