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02-06-2011, 06:07 PM
New York RKY
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Del Zotto this year has fallen into the infamous "Sophmore Slump"

Why do young players go through the rookie slump? They fail to tweak their game because after the first year the rest of the NHL catches up to them and failing to make changes in their game will leave them to fall into the slump.

The same plays that worked last year (when he still wasn't scouted as well) don't work this year because other teams can read him like a book. He needs to go back down and make the necessary adjustments to his game. He also needs to remove the predictability in his game - I can tell what he going to do about 5-7 seconds before he does it.

Gain his confidence back in the AHL and learn some new things that come with experience.

For those of you who say trade him is simply ludicrous. He is still learning, would Buffalo trade Tyler Myers because he was struggling in his second year? No! Myers made the tweaks to his game and now he is fine. Del Zotto needs to follow suit. Obviously I am still willing to deal DZ if the right deal comes along - but that's the case with any player.

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