Michael Del Zotto is one of the better offensive defensemen in hockey.
Last season, he was 18th in points with 41. That's ahead of such stars like Duncan Keith, P.K. Subban, Niklas Lidstrom and Sergei Gonchar, among others.
He had more assists, 31, than Shea Weber and more goals, 10, than Dan Boyle.
Del Zotto only turned 22 in June. He's surely had some rough patches, as he spent some of his sophomore season in the minors, but Del Zotto is capable of gorgeous breakout passes and is valuable on the power play, where he had 13 assists.
He's not a star, but he's clearly one of the best young defensemen in hockey. He has only two full seasons under his belt and he's only improving.
He has better numbers than P.K. Subban, a player who gets more attention. He has better numbers than Drew Doughty and John Carlson, both of whom just got big paydays.
It's pretty simple: Del Zotto is one of the better offensive defensemen in hockey. He's just another part of this top young defensive corps.