New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed defenseman Michael Del Zotto.Read the full press release @ NewYorkRangers.com
Del Zotto, 18, skated in 62 games with the Oshawa Generals and London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season, registering 13 goals and 50 assists for 63 points, along with 78 penalty minutes. The two-time OHL All-Star finished the season ranked sixth among all OHL defensemen in scoring and assists, while his 50 assists tied for 11th in the league overall. He also ranked fifth in the league with 32 power play assists.
The native of Stouffville, Ontario, was the Rangers’ first round choice, 20th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The selection marked the third time in four years the Rangers have chosen a defenseman in the first round, having drafted Marc Staal with the 12th overall pick in 2005 and Bobby Sanguinetti with the 21st overall pick in 2006.
Del Zotto will participate in his second Rangers Prospect Development Camp this summer and will attend main training camp in the fall.
"The mindset I want to have is that I want to go into camp trying to make the team," he said. "That's the only way you can go into it. I'll go in there and try my hardest and hopefully give the coaching staff a tough decision to make."
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Rangers Sign 2008 1st Round Pick: Del Zotto
According to the New York Rangers website, the Rangers have signed defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a contract. Del Zotto was a first-round pick by the Rangers in 2008 and is now one of a handful of young defensemen in the system who hopes to make the Rangers roster for next season.