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12-29-2012, 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by capitalsrock View Post
He did not face tougher competition. He did not lead his team. He played on a much better team and more offensive team and didn't need to focus on defense. Please bring some facts into this because I would love to hear it other than this one season where he barely averaged more minutes than Johnson.

DZ: 3rd in Rangers QUALCOMP
EJ: 4th in Avs QUALCOMP

Del Zotto faced tougher ES competition. You're wrong.

Fact: DZ (22:26) averaged more minutes than Erik Johnson (20:50).

The difference in SH TOI/PG is pretty close between the two.

Erik Johnson (1:34 SH TOI/PG) vs. Michael Del Zotto (1:23 SH TOI/PG)

Remember, Del Zotto is doing this on a contending team, fighting with 3 other top tier shutdown d-men for PK time. The Rangers were ranked 5th in PK% last year. If he was on a weak/average defensive team, he'd log 25+ minutes a night. He is a 2-way player in every essence of the term.

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