New York Rangers Go the Italian Way in The 2008 Draft

Greg CaggianoSenior Writer IJune 20, 2008

For the second straight year the Rangers have drafted an Italian defenseman. Last year it was Bobby Sanguinetti and this season it's Michael Del Zotto.

There was nothing but good things said about Del Zotto on the Versus broadcast and he only solidifies an already solid, youthful defense for the future of the New York Rangers.

He was ranked 15th overall amongst North American skaters and when he slipped down to the 20th pick, the Rangers jumped at the opportunity to land him.

Here's what the Official Website of the New York Rangers had to say about him:

Projects as an offensive specialist, but as he gains experience, he'll become more of an all-around defenseman.

Although it isn't much, it's clear that he's a defenseman with a nose for goals and as he matures, his defense will only get better. Even though I would have rather had the Rangers take Colten Teubert or Tyler Cuma, I am satisfied with Del Zotto.

Note: Michael Del Zotto is 6'0'' and weighs 211 pounds. He is a left handed shot and makes his home in Ontario, Canada. The last two seasons he played for the Oshawa Generals in the OHL totaling 26 goals and 94 assists for 120 points in 128 games.