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Michael Del Zotto | Defenseman | #4

Team: Vancouver Canucks
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (20) / NYR
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Michael Del Zotto was scoreless with three shots on goal, three blocked shots and five hits over 21:33 of ice time in Wednesday's 3-0 loss at Anaheim.
Del Zotto has managed just six goals and 19 points, so he doesn't take up a roster spot for his offensive ability. However, he has managed 210 hits with 115 blocked shots over 71 outings. He is one of just nine NHL players to dish out 200 or more hits so far this season. Mar 15 - 2:01 AM

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Michael Del Zotto scored a goal in a 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

Del Zotto showed great hustle to poke home the puck off the line after his initial shot just squeezed through Devan Dubnyk. It's Del Zotto's sixth goal of the year, and first since February 14th against Florida Panthers. The once promising offensive defenseman has struggled in Vancouver, picking up only 19 points in 68 games this season.
Mar 10 - 1:02 AM

Michael Del Zotto scored a goal in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Del Zotto got the Canucks on the board at the 3:30 mark of the second period. The goal cut Vancouver's deficit to 3-1 at the time, but that's as close as they'd come to tying the game. He finished the night with a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes, three shots on goal and six hits in 17:40 of ice time. The 27-year-old four goals, 17 points and a minus-17 rating in 55 games this season. Alex Biega and Sven Baertschi picked up the assists on the Canucks' only goal.
Feb 9 - 11:51 PM

Michael Del Zotto posted an even-strength goal with a plus-2 rating, three blocked shots and three hits in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win against the Avalanche.

Del Zotto used to be a solid offensive defenseman early in his career, seeing plenty of time on the power play in stops with the Rangers and the Flyers. However, he has always been a defensive liability and he just hasn't been logging the numbers anymore. He hasn't struck on the power play since the 2014-15 season, and he has just seven assists on the man advantage over the past three years. Del Zotto is only worth a look in the deepest of fantasy leagues at this point and those formats rewarding blocked shots (71) and hits (130).
Jan 31 - 2:28 AM

Michael Del Zotto considers the Canucks' descent to be one of the toughest stretches of his career.

For a time it looked like Vancouver would have a respectable season. The Canucks were 14-10-4 through Dec. 5, but have gone 2-11-2 since that date. "We can play flipping sandals and I would want to win," Del Zotto said. "It’s the competitive nature you have. It’s frustrating. It’s not easy on you when you lose consecutively and go on a stretch like this. That’s why it’s been the toughest of my career." The Canucks never had a great chance of making the playoffs this season, but whatever hope there was is basically gone now. This was a rebuilding season, so while losing is tough on the players, it can't come as a major surprise. Vancouver will likely get a good draft pick to complement its emerging core that includes rookie Brock Boeser, who has put up Calder Trophy-worthy numbers so far.
Jan 12 - 7:26 AM

Michael Del Zotto recorded two assists in the Canucks' 5-2 win over Pittsburgh Wednesday night.

Del Zotto hadn't recorded a point in his prior six contests. He now has a goal and nine points in 22 games in 2017-18. He's been getting plenty of playing time with Vancouver, including some power-play minutes, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him end up with around 30 points.
Thu, Nov 23, 2017 07:42:00 AM

Michael Del Zotto registered an assist in a 5-3 win over Calgary Tuesday night.

Del Zotto also had a point on Monday as he put some distance between himself and his previous six-game scoring drought. He has a goal and seven points in 15 contests this season.
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 06:36:00 AM

Michael Del Zotto scored his first goal of the season in Monday's game against the Red Wings while also blocking two shots and delivering a pair of hits.

Del Zotto struck midway through the final period with a game-tying goal, and the contest appeared destined for overtime until Tomas Tatar snuck one by Jacob Markstrom for the game-winning tally with 1:14 to go. His last marker came April 8, or last season, as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. He isn't much of an offensive force for fantasy owners, but he has posted 28 hits and 30 blocked shots through 14 contests.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 02:01:00 AM

Michael Del Zotto continues to get plenty of ice time on the Canucks' number one power-play unit.

Alex Edler started the season as the quarterback on the top unit, but he is now injured. Other candidates to assume that role were Troy Stecher (also injured) and Ben Hutton, but Travis Green has opted to use Del Zotto. Keep this in mind if you are looking to pick up a useful depth defenseman.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 02:56:00 PM

Michael Del Zotto was scoreless with a minus-1 rating in Monday's 2-1 overtime setback against Dallas, but he did post three blocked shots and a hit.

Del Zotto has managed just five assists with a minus-4 rating at the offensive end, but he helps fantasy owners and DFS players with 18 hits and 27 blocked shots through 11 outings.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 02:32:00 AM

Michael Del Zotto wants to put his past injury woes behind him.

"A big thing I've been working on, more rest and treatment this off-season, not trying to push myself too much so I can last a little bit longer in the season," said Del Zotto. He signed a two-year contract with Vancouver in the summer and should fit into the team's top-four defense group. Del Zotto will probably get a look on the Canucks' power play as well.
Fri, Aug 4, 2017 01:32:00 PM

Michael Del Zotto has signed a two-year contract with Vancouver.

Del Zotto will get $3 million per season. The offensively talented defenseman had only 18 points in 51 games with Philadelphia but look for Del Zotto to get more power play time with the offensively-challenged Canucks.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 12:35:00 PM

Michael Del Zotto scored sixth goal of the season during Saturday's 4-2 win over Columbus.

That gives Del Zotto 18 points in 50 games with the Flyers this season.
Sat, Apr 8, 2017 05:06:00 PM

Michael Del Zotto will be scratched against the Wild on Thursday.

Through 43 games this season Del Zotto has posted five goals and 15 points along with 72 blocks and 144 hits.
Thu, Mar 23, 2017 02:34:00 PM

Michael Del Zotto knows that he might be dealt before the deadline.

"It happens every year," Del Zotto said. "It’s not like it’s the first time. I’ve been traded before. It is what it is. It’s a business. You realize that pretty early in your career. I understand where I’m at as far as my contract, being a UFA this summer. Same thing with taking each game one day at a time. You take each day one day at a time. Go home, make dinner, get ready for tomorrow and whatever happens, happens." Del Zotto has been traded before with his previous move coming in 2014 when the Rangers shipped him to Nashville, but that was a January move rather than a deadline trade. Philadelphia might still keep Del Zotto, especially seeing as the squad isn't out of the playoff race yet.
Wed, Feb 22, 2017 05:13:00 AM

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PosRoleName
C1Henrik Sedin
2Bo Horvat
3Nic Dowd
4Markus Granlund
5Brandon Sutter
LW1Daniel Sedin
2Loui Eriksson
3Sven Baertschi
4Jussi Jokinen
5Brendan Leipsic
6Brendan Gaunce
7Darren Archibald
RW1Brock Boeser
2Sam Gagner
3Jake Virtanen
4Derek Dorsett
D1Alexander Edler
2Chris Tanev
3Michael Del Zotto
4Ben Hutton
5Troy Stecher
6Alex Biega
7Derrick Pouliot
8Erik Gudbranson
G1Jacob Markstrom
2Anders Nilsson