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After the John Moore acquisition, Michael Del Zotto suddenly became the weak link on the Rangers defense.
Assuming health, ahead of Del Zotto on the depth chart are Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Anton Stralman and Moore.
Del Zotto had a rough year. In fact, he's never been able to recapture some of the magic from his rookie year.
In his rookie season, Del Zotto scored nine goals and had 28 assists. His minus-20 mark was troubling, but he obviously looked to be a dynamic offensive defenseman.
The next season, he struggled mightily and found himself in the minors.
His 2011-12 campaign was pretty good. He scored 10 goals and had 31 assists while recording a plus-20.
But he took a step back this past season, scoring just three goals and posting a plus-six.
He's not terrible. He's a young defenseman who's shown flashes of great offensive skill. He has plenty of experience and has played important minutes.
But he makes way too many mistakes in his own zone. Frankly, Moore has looked more poised than Del Zotto.
Del Zotto should make the team, although he will have Aaron Johnson, Danny Syvret and Dylan McIlrath breathing down his neck.
Of the six defensemen, Del Zotto is on the thinnest ice. If he makes a bunch of mistakes early on, then one of the depth guys could easily jump in.