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Michael Del Zotto
Michael Del Zotto
Defenseman
(DEHL ZAH-toh)
Number: 4
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left
Born: Jun 24, 1990
Birthplace: Stouffville, ON, Canada
Hometown: Stouffville, Ontario
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Drafted: NYR / 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (20th overall) PROSPECT BIO
NHL CAREER
2012-13: Led all team defense- men in points (21) and assists (18), ranked third in goals (three), and ranked fourth on the team in assists ... Tied for the team lead in power play assists (eight) and fifth in power play points (eight) ... Posted five multi- point performances ... Notched his 100th career NHL point with a shorthanded goal, tallied the lone assist on the game-winning goal, registered three shots and three hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 20:51 of ice time on Mar. 19 at NJD ... Tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in a four-game span from Mar. 19 at NJD to Mar. 26 at PHI ... Recorded two points in consecutive games on Jan. 26 vs. TOR (one goal, one assist) and Jan. 29 vs. PHI (one goal, one assist) ... Ranked fourth on the team in playoff hits (34) and blocked shots (22) and finished fifth on the team in average ice time during the playoffs (21:10) ... Tallied a goal and a playoff career high, plus-three rating in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on May 13 at WSH. 2011-12: Established career-highs in goals (10), assists (31), points (41), penalty minutes (36), plus/minus rating (plus-20), blocked shots (95), shorthanded goals (one), shorthanded assists (two), shorthanded points (three), game-winning goals (two), and shots (113). ... Ranked 18th among NHL defensemen in points, 22nd in assists, tied for 16th in goals, 11th in plus/minus rating, and first in shorthanded points. ... Tied for the team lead and 17th in the NHL in shorthanded points. ... Led all team defensemen in goals, assists and points. ... Ranked fifth on the team in points and power play points (14), fourth in assists, and second in power play assists (13). ... Reached the 40-point and 10-goal marks for the first time with a career-high three-point effort (career-high two goals and one assist) while skating in his 200th career NHL game on Mar. 30 vs. MTL; Became the first Rangers defenseman to score two goals in the third period since James Patrick in 1988. ... Notched a shorthanded goal and a power play assist on Mar. 28 at WPG; Set career-highs in assists and points for a season. ... Posted a career-high, four-game assist streak from Dec. 5 vs. TOR to Dec. 11 vs. FLA (five assists over the span). ... Tallied an assist and posted a career-high, plus-four rating on Dec. 11 vs. FLA. ... Tallied a shorthanded assist in two straight games (Dec. 8 - Dec. 10), including his first career shorthanded assist/point on Dec. 8 vs. TBL. ... Tallied a power play assist in three consecutive games from Nov. 26 vs. PHI to Dec. 1 at CAR (three assists). ... Ranked fourth among NHL defensemen during the playoffs in points (10), tied for fourth in assists (eight), sixth in goals (two), fourth in shots (35), third in power play assists (three) and second in power play points (four). ... Tied for fourth on the team in points, third in assists, and second in power play assists and power play points. ... Ranked second among team defensemen in assists and points. ... Posted two multi-point efforts. ... Made his playoff debut on Apr. 12 vs. Ottawa in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals … Recorded his first career playoff point with an assist on Apr. 14 vs. Ottawa. ... Led all defensemen in scoring with six points and tied for first among all skaters with four assists in the Rangers Eastern Conference Semifinal series against Washington. ... Skated in a career-high, 43:33 of ice time on May 2 at Washington. ... Tallied two points (one goal, one assist), including the series-clinching goal at 10:05 of the third period, and led all skaters with eight hits on May 12 vs. Washington in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. 2010-11: Seven of his 11 points were tallied on the power play. ... Skated in his 100th career NHL game on Nov. 19 at Colorado. ... Tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in a five-game span from Nov. 20 at Minnesota to Nov. 27 at Nashville. ... Registered an assist in back-to-back games on Nov. 1 vs. Chicago and Nov. 4 at Philadelphia. ... Recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in a two-game span from Oct. 11 at Long Island to Oct. 15 vs. Toronto . ... Tallied two points (one goal, one assist) on Oct. 11 at Long Island. 2009-10: Named to the 2009-10 NHL All-Rookie Team, becoming first Rangers player to earn the honor since Henrik Lundqvist in 2006 and only Rangers defenseman to earn it other than Brian Leetch in 1989. ... Made his NHL debut on Oct. 2 at Pittsburgh. ... Led all NHL rookies in power play assists (18), ranked second in power play points (22) and tied for fifth in power play goals. ... Ranked second in the NHL among rookies in hits, fourth in assists and blocked shots, seventh in points and tied for 15th in goals. ... Led the team in power play assists, ranked second in power play points, third in assists, tied for fourth in points, and ranked fifth in power play goals and eighth in goals. ... Led all team defensemen in goals, assists and points. ... The Rangers posted a record of 20-6-4 when he recorded a point. ... Named NHL Rookie of the Month for October. ... Registered seven multi-point efforts, including five multi-assist performances. ... Registered eight points (two goals and six assists) in a seven-game span from Mar. 21 at Boston to Apr. 3 at Florida, and recorded five assists on the Rangers six-game road trip from Mar. 25 at New Jersey to Apr. 6 at Buffalo. ... Registered his 30th point of the season with one goal on Mar. 21 at Boston. ... Recorded two power play points (one goal and one assist), including his first career NHL assist on Oct. 5 at New Jersey. ... Tallied his first career NHL point with the game-winning goal on Oct. 3 vs. Ottawa, becoming the first teenager to score a goal for the Rangers since Manny Malhotra (1998-99) and the second youngest defensemen in team history to accomplish the feat behind Red Garrett. It was also the first game-winning goal tallied by an NHL rookie in the 2009-10 season.

AHL CAREER
2010-11: Ranked second among Connecticut defensemen in power play assists (five), tied for second in shorthanded assists (two), and tied for fifth among team defensemen in assists (seven) despite only skating in 11 AHL contests. ... Tallied an assist on the game-winning goal while making his AHL debut on Jan. 5 at Worscester. ... Posted his first career AHL multi-point performance with two assists on Jan. 21 vs. Hamilton. ... Registered a four-game assist streak from Jan. 15 vs. Providence to Jan. 22 at Springfield, registering five assists over the span. ... Missed Connecticut’s final 25 games due to a broken finger suffered on Mar. 2 vs. Springfield.

JUNIOR CAREER
2008-09: Split the season between the Oshawa Generals and the London Knights. ... Established a career-high in assists (50), and tied his career-high in points (63). ... Ranked sixth among OHL defenseman in assists, and tied for sixth in goals and points. ... His 50 assists also tied for 11th among all OHL skaters, and his 32 power play assists ranked fifth in the league overall. ... Ranked second on the team among defensemen in total points, goals (13) and assists. ... Appeared in his second OHL All-Star game. ... Led London and ranked fifth in the OHL in playoff assists. 2007-08: Skated in 64 games with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), registering 16 goals and 47 assists for 63 points, along with 82 penalty minutes ... Tied for third among OHL defensemen in points (63) and ranked fourth in goals (16) and assists (47) ... Led all league defensemen and tied for fifth overall in shorthanded goals (five) ... Recorded a season-high, six-game points streak from Jan. 3 at Peterborough to Jan. 13 vs. Kingston, registering 14 points (four goals and 10 assists) over the span ... Notched 17 multiple-point games, including two four-point efforts (Jan. 10 vs. Ottawa and Jan. 13 vs. Kingston) ... Tallied his first career multiple-goal game on Nov. 23 at London (two goals) ... Also appeared in 15 post-season contests, collecting two goals and six assists for eight points, along with 38 penalty minutes ... Tied for the team lead in playoff goals by a defenseman (two). 2006-07: Named to the 2007 OHL First All Rookie Team. ... Led all OHL rookie defensemen in assists (47) and points (57). ... His 47 assists also tied for third among all OHL defensemen. ... Led all Oshawa defensemen in goals (10), assists (47) and points (57). ... Posted 17 multi-point games, including a four assist effort on Nov. 5 vs. Belleville. ... Selected to participate in the OHL All-Star Game, becoming the first 16-year-old defenseman ever to play in the OHL All-Star Classic;
registered two assists in the contest.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER
2010: Appeared in five games with Canada at the 2010 World Championship in Germany. 2007: Tallied the game-winning goal to capture the gold medal as a member of Team Ontario at the 2007 U-17 Canada Winter Games. ... Selected as a member of Team Canada at the 2007 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. ... Represented the OHL at the 2007 CHL ADT Canada-Russia Challenge.

BACKGROUND
Named to the 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game in Edmonton, and won the target shooting event with a perfect 4-for-4 during the skills competition. ... Wears No. 4 in honor of NHL Hall of Fame defenseman Bobby Orr. ... Appeared in the “Ice Cold Killers” fashion feature in the November 2012 issue of Esquire Magazine. ... Played on a PeeWee hockey team, the Markham Waxers, with NHL All-Star Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay), as well as NHL prospects Cody Hodgson (Vancouver Canucks) and Cameron Gaunce (Colorado Avalanche). ... His favorite movies are Old School, Dodgeball and The Hangover. ... Enjoys playing soccer. ... Is a fan of Jay-Z and Lil Wayne. ... Enjoys Italian home cooking. ... Single.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS

June 20, 2008 -- Rangers' first-round selection, 20th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

LONGEST POINT STREAK: 4 (two times) (last -- Dec. 5, 2011, to Dec. 11, 2011 (five assists)

LONGEST GOAL STREAK: 2, (four times) (last -- March 28, 2012, to March 30, 2012) (three goals)

LONGEST ASSIST STREAK: 4 from Dec. 5, 2011, to Dec. 11, 2011 (five assists)

MOST GOALS, GAME: 2, March 30, 2012 vs. Montreal (Price)

MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 2, (11 times) (last -- March 4, 2012, vs. Boston)

MOST POINTS, GAME: 3, March 30, 2012 vs. Montreal (two goals and one assist)

MOST PIM, GAME: 4, (five times) (last -- Dec. 3, vs. Colorado)

MOST SHOTS, GAME: 5 on Oct. 15, 2011, at N.Y. Islanders

FIRST NHL GAME: Oct. 2, 2009, at Pittsburgh

FIRST NHL GOAL: Oct. 3, 2009, vs. Ottawa (Leclaire)

FIRST NHL ASSIST:
Oct. 5, 2009, at New Jersey

CAREER IN THE SHOOTOUT

ATTEMPTS: 1
GOALS: 0



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