Michael Del Zotto
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03-16-2013, 04:16 PM
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Terrific. The problem is he's hardly a difference maker offensively at all. What he does best offensively is rush the puck up the ice, something that is mitigated in the Tortorella system. When it comes to o-zone sets, he's hardly noticeable.
We have a lot of strong defensive defensemen. What we continue to lack is a great playmaker from the blueline. Isn't that why the team used a first round pick on Del Zotto?
Is the blame for that on Del Zotto? Is it on Tortorella for forcing him to focus more on defense than maybe he needed to? I don't know about that. But it's a problem, no matter how it happened. We need a real offensive defenseman, and Del Zotto doesn't seem to be that.
Also, you won't find many bigger Leetch fans than me. Probably my 2nd favorite player of all-time after Graves. Leetch was never "really good" defensively. He certainly wasn't a bad defender, but he was never a consistent standout in his own end.
Good post, but I disagree about Leetch.
Leetch played man to man better than most in his day, his positioning was great considering the defenders of that day. Most were not very good skaters and made up for it with size and strength. Leetch had that in Beuk, once he got here Leetch was free to learn BOTH ends of the ice. When you know you have a stable partner you have more range to learn, IMO.
Give Del Z some stay at home protection and let him go a little, what could it hurt at this point?
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