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2008 NHL Draft: Michael Del Zotto

Friday, 06.13.2008 / 6:09 PM ET / 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 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 51 17 21 14 38
J. Jokinen 54 11 27 12 38
J. Huberdeau 54 10 28 12 38
V. Trocheck 54 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 54 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 50 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 50 10 13 20 23
B. Campbell 54 5 17 20 22
N. Bjugstad 39 9 10 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .928 2.17
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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