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09-21-2008, 09:59 AM
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Del Zotto showed he can play at the NHL level, for one game anyway.
It is way to soon to get real excited about him.
Plus i would rather see him go back to juniors or Hartford where he will get a lot of minutes as opposed to sitting in the press box more often than not with the Rangers. I would love to see him play a full year in Hartford this season so he can get used to a faster and more skilled game than he will playing in juniors. Bring him along just as they did Staal. Why rush him when you don't have to.
No, it's way too soon to start penciling him into lineups. In no way is it too soon to start getting excited about the kid, especially when the supposed knocks on him - his defensive awareness, his physicality (?!), and his skating (?!?!) - appear to be nowhere near as bad as some of his critics made them out to be. Give him two years in juniors, and he may very well be ready to make the jump to the NHL, much like Staal did.
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