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2008 NHL Draft: Michael Del Zotto

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Leading up to the 2008 draft, will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. Could the Panthers draft one of these players with their pick in the second round or might they move up to grab one of these top players to further bolster their system and hope they contribute to the big club one day?

Each week day, we'll take a look at three prospects and get Panthers Director of Amateur Scouting Scott Luce's opinion on each of them.

2008 NHL Entry Draft Site

    Michael Del Zotto
    Rank: No. 15 (North American)
    Position: Defenseman
    Height/Weight: 6-0, 211 pounds
    D.O.B: June 24, 1990

Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 Oshawa OHL 64 10 47 57 76
2007-08 Oshawa OHL 64 16 47 63 82


In second season with Oshawa, ranked third in OHL scoring among defensemen with 63 points and tied for fifth overall with five shorthanded goals. Named to 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game and went four-for-four in target shooting during the skills competition to win the event. Wears number four because of Bobby Orr.


Is new breed offensive defenseman who jumps up into the rush effectively; either follows up a rush to add a second dimension or there are times he is capable of leading the rush himself. As an offensive defenseman, is prototypical. Very skilled skater, puck handler, and shooter. Can be physical presence who will be an asset to any team's power-play. Continues to improve defensively on a daily basis.


Gifted offensively.  Excellent passer.


NHL Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Player: Anaheim's Scott Niedermayer
Shootout move: “shoot low stick side”
Goal celebration: "going down on one knee, sweeping the ice and finishing with the fist pump"
Practice Drill: "5 on 3 powerplay"
Video Game: NHL 2008
Movie: Remember the Titans
TV Show: Two and a Half Men
Actor/Actress: Denzel Washington
Group: T.I
Book: Searching for Bobby Orr by Stephen Brunt
Food to cook: Tuna melt
Sport (other than hockey): Soccer
Activity away from the rink: Baseball with the roommates
Toy growing up: Mini Sticks
Place to shop: American Eagle
Place to visit: Hockey Rink
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