To the poster two responses back, Del Zotto needs work in his own end? Guess you didn't watch the preseason games he played in. If anything, his defensive play is underrated.
Im not saying that Del Zotto doesn't have as much potential as Smid does, in fact he probably has more. But at there respective points in each of there careers I would say that in terms of value Smid has more value. Rushing Del Zotto into the NHL right now would be stupid in relation to his development. Smid, on the other hand is ready to play and be developed in the NHL, but MacT would rather run veterans on the point this early in the season.
I was actually quite high on del zotto this past draft and thought that many people underestimated his defensive play but overall he still needs to work on getting stronger. Positionally he might not be that bad and makes good decisions with the puck but he can't being against men and still help develop his game at this point in his career.
honestly though del zotto actually looked better than most of the nhl defenseman during his preseason games....granted they were preseason games but his poise with the puck is something the rangers need for their future if they want to play an up-tempo game while still playing defensivley responsible.....both sanguinetti and del zotto are very important to the rangers....they would be hard to get out of there