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In his rookie season, Del Zotto put up a very respectable 37 points in 80 games. The problem with those points though was that he was bad in the back end. In that same season, he was a plus/minus of minus-20. Then, in his sophomore campaign, he was limited to 47 NHL games and had to play the rest of the season with the Connecticut Whale to improve on defense.
It worked like a charm. Now that Del Zotto is back in the big league, he has managed to put up 22 points in 36 games and has a plus/minus of plus-25. He plays hard, especially when it counts.
It may sound difficult to stay under-the-radar as a young, offensive-minded defenseman for the New York Rangers, but he has. Now that he will be in the spotlight, hardcore and casual fans alike will witness Del Zotto's skill.