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10-10-2012, 09:44 AM
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RGY
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Originally Posted by nyr2k2 View Post
Staalsy is 25, and this is under 25. I agree about McDonagh and Stepan. Del Zotto should certainly be in the top 35 or so, but I'm not sure I'd put him in the top 25.
Del Zotto was 18th in scoring among defensemen last year, while missing 5 games. He might have moved up a couple spots had he played in all 82. Rookie year he had 37 points. He is 22 years old this year, won't be 23 until after the season (if there is one). I think if he has another season like he did last year, he will start to push himself into that discussion of one of the elite scoring defensemen in the league, not saying he would be considered elite, but definitely on the outskirts of it. It would definitely put him on that top 25 list as well. With even more offense on the rangers roster it is very possible he puts up 48-52 points in an 82 game season. However, with the season being shortened I'd say 35-40.

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