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11-21-2013, 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by offdacrossbar View Post
del zottos problems are obvious.

first, hes mentally fragile. his play has been so-so and his psyche seems damaged. bad combo.

second, his skills arent good enough to allow him to escape from the situations he creates for himself. he panics with the puck frequently and he doesnt have the recover speed to hide his mistakes like ryan mcdonagh, stralman and moore can. hes just too slow.

third, hes an " offensive specialist" type dman and in this league, that means you have to shoot it or skate it really well. he does neither. hes really in a bad spot because defensively he isnt strong and offensively he um... isnt particularly strong. bad combo again.

his real problem is there are 5 dmen on this team that play that position either better than or equally as well as he does. add his sloth like skating and ineffective-nonproductive play ( 4 points in 16 games and a -4 )and you end up with a coach asking for more and a player not able to produce more.

bad combo.
i wonder how things would have turned out if he played one more year in junior instead of coming straight to the NHL, maybe he would have been producing at a decent rate by now

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