Del Zotto signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blue Jackets on Sunday. Del Zotto scored an official contract after joining the Blue Jackets on a PTO in December. The 30-year-old blueliner averaged 18:43 of ice time over 49 games with the Ducks last season, recording 15 goals, 101 hits and 55 blocked shots. Del Zotto will add veteran depth on the blue line and likely will play sparingly this season.
Del Zotto will attend the Blue Jackets' training camp on a professional tryout offer, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports. Del Zotto appeared in 49 games with the Ducks last season, posting 15 points and a plus-5 rating while averaging 18:43 of ice time per contest. If he's able to earn a contract during training camp, Del Zotto will likely be nothing more than a rotational depth option for Columbus in 2020-21, so he won't be a useful fantasy option.
Del Zotto finished 2019-20 with two goals and 13 assists in 49 games. Del Zotto's return to Anaheim after departing briefly last year to win a Cup with St. Louis didn't amount to much excitement. MDZ hasn't offered attractive fantasy production since 2014-15's 32-point effort in 64 games with Philadelphia, and his lack of shooting (57 SOG) and power-play time (47 seconds on average) this season didn't exactly help. He dished out 101 hits, though, so if your league rewards physicality -- and 0.31 points per game from the back end is of use -- go ahead and take a look at the veteran next year.
Del Zotto recorded an assist, two blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Senators. Del Zotto had the secondary helper on Nicolas Deslauriers' second of three goals in the first period. The 29-year-old Del Zotto has four assists and 17 hits in his last nine outings. The defenseman is up to 15 points, 100 hits, 55 blocks and a plus-6 rating in 48 appearances overall. That production could help in deep fantasy formats.
Del Zotto picked up an assist and two shots on goal in Friday's 2-1 win over the Maple Leafs. Del Zotto ended a four-game point drought with his helper on Carter Rowney's first-period tally. The 29-year-old defenseman has taken on a big role with injuries plaguing four Ducks blueliners currently. Del Zotto is up to 14 points, 97 hits and 55 shots through 46 games overall.
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