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2008 NHL Draft: Michael Del Zotto

Friday, 06.13.2008 / 6:09 PM / 2008 NHL Draft
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2008 NHL Draft: Michael Del Zotto
Leading up to the 2008 draft, Flordiapanthers.com will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. Could the Panthers draft one of these players with their pick in the second round or might they move up to grab one of these top players to further bolster their system and hope they contribute to the big club one day?

Each week day, we'll take a look at three prospects and get Panthers Director of Amateur Scouting Scott Luce's opinion on each of them.

2008 NHL Entry Draft Site


    Michael Del Zotto
    Rank: No. 15 (North American)
    Position: Defenseman
    Height/Weight: 6-0, 211 pounds
    D.O.B: June 24, 1990


STATISTICS
Season
Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 Oshawa OHL 64 10 47 57 76
2007-08 Oshawa OHL 64 16 47 63 82

THE SKINNY

In second season with Oshawa, ranked third in OHL scoring among defensemen with 63 points and tied for fifth overall with five shorthanded goals. Named to 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game and went four-for-four in target shooting during the skills competition to win the event. Wears number four because of Bobby Orr.

WHAT CENTRAL SCOUTING SAYS


Is new breed offensive defenseman who jumps up into the rush effectively; either follows up a rush to add a second dimension or there are times he is capable of leading the rush himself. As an offensive defenseman, is prototypical. Very skilled skater, puck handler, and shooter. Can be physical presence who will be an asset to any team's power-play. Continues to improve defensively on a daily basis.

WHAT PANTHER SCOUT SCOTT LUCE SAYS

Gifted offensively.  Excellent passer.

FAVORITES

NHL Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Player: Anaheim's Scott Niedermayer
Shootout move: “shoot low stick side”
Goal celebration: "going down on one knee, sweeping the ice and finishing with the fist pump"
Practice Drill: "5 on 3 powerplay"
Video Game: NHL 2008
Movie: Remember the Titans
TV Show: Two and a Half Men
Actor/Actress: Denzel Washington
Group: T.I
Website: facebook.com
Book: Searching for Bobby Orr by Stephen Brunt
Food to cook: Tuna melt
Sport (other than hockey): Soccer
Activity away from the rink: Baseball with the roommates
Toy growing up: Mini Sticks
Place to shop: American Eagle
Place to visit: Hockey Rink

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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