During the pre-game press conference on Monday, John Tortorella said, “I think Michael has done the things, been much more aggressive defensively as far as stick on puck and time and space, I think he is feeling more and more confident with his play selection which is a very important part of the improvement we need out of him. I think he has handled himself very well.”
Michael Del Zotto is a plus seven right now. He was a minus five in 47 games last season and a minus 20 in 80 games the season before.
He averages 20:46 a game, 15:22 at even strength, 4:07 on the PP and 1:16 shorthanded.
I am very happy with the way that MDZ has been playing. He isn’t blowing people away with his game, and he still tries a couple too many home run passes, but his overall game and decision making has been better. To me, this is what you want to see. You want to see improvements from him and making the smart, obvious, plays that he didn’t always make in the past. He looked a bit more comfortable on the PP the other night and if he can get that going, he will get back into the Rangers core of players that they don’t want to part with.