New York Rangers: Michael Del Zotto Makes His NHL Comeback

January 14th, 2012 by Rob Waters Leave a reply »
Last year, Michael Del Zotto played in just 47 games for the New York Rangers. By late February, 2011, the Rangers organization made the decision to send him down to their AHL affiliate, the Connecticut Whale.

Del Zotto would only play 11 games for the Whale before suffering a string of injuries.

While other Rangers defensemen have remained injured throughout the first half of this season (Marc Staal, Steve Eminger, Michael Sauer), Del Zotto has risen to the occasion and stepped up his game considerably.

This season, Del Zotto has been one of the league-leading defensemen and an indispensable asset for the New York Rangers. Del Zotto currently has five goals, 18 assists and is a plus-24. In December, 2011, Del Zotto led the league with a plus-25.

Clearly, this has been a rebound year for Michael Del Zotto.

It's hard to believe that, at only 21 years of age, Del Zotto is posting the impressive numbers he is. More and more, Del Zotto is looking like a veteran on the ice—no fault of excellent leadership by Dan Girardi, Brad Richards, and even Brandon Prust (who coached Del Zotto on fighting over the summer).

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