Michael Del Zotto's put together a pair of strong fantasy campaigns, both of which saw him score 10 goals, but he's otherwise been one of the league's leading disappointments throughout his career. Still just 27 years old, he's a physical defender who may be an asset on the second or third pairing and power play with his new team, the Canucks, but considering how bitterly disappointed he's left fantasy owners in the past, it's best to take a wait-and-see approach.
Del Zotto procured a two-year, $6 million contract with the Canucks on Saturday, TSN reports. That's indubitably a large chunk of change for the oft-injured Del Zotto, but then again, proven defensemen come at a premium in today's NHL. Health permitting, the 27-year-old with 189 points in 484 career games between the Rangers, Predators and Flyers should be able to grab at least 20 minutes per contest in his new digs.
Del Zotto spoke with general manager Ron Hextall after the season and was informed that the team plans to go with young players on the back end next season, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Del Zotto will become an unrestricted free agent July 1, and it looks like he's skated his last shift in Philadelphia. He logged just six goals and 18 points over 51 games in 2016-17 -- his second straight campaign with 18 or fewer points. Even if he finds work with another organization, it appears that DZ's best fantasy days are well behind him.
Del Zotto scored his sixth goal of the season in Saturday's 4-2 win over Columbus. So much potential; so many injuries. Del Zotto has the skill, but that hasn't led to success for the defender, who has been injured every season since the lockout. Saturday was just his 50th game of the season.
Del Zotto picked up a goal and an assist in Thursday's 6-2 loss to the Devils. Unfortunately for the Flyers, they weren't able to manage any goals other than the ones in which DZ was involved. And unfortunately for the blueliner's fantasy owners, games like this tend to be a tease; he's hit the scoresheet in just two of his last 18 contests, and both were multi-point efforts. Other than that, it's been crickets.
Del Zotto finished with two assists and a plus-5 rating in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Sabres. Del Zotto had been held without a point in each of his previous 12 appearances, and he still hasn't lit the lamp since Dec. 14. His rating sits at minus-9 despite his strong performance in that category here, suggesting the perennially underwhelming blueliner will continue to be tough to trust until he can string together a few more outings like this one.
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