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Del Zotto to debut tonight, paired with Seth Jones

Jan 23, 2014, 4:31 PM EDT

From Josh Cooper of The Tennessean, ahead of tonight’s Nashville-Vancouver game at Rogers Arena, which will feature the Predators debut of defenseman Michael Del Zotto:

And he’s going to be let loose on a pairing with rookie Seth Jones.

Del Zotto, a 23-year-old with an offensive flair, was acquired yesterday in a trade with the Rangers, in exchange for defensive blue-liner Kevin Klein.

It’s been an up-and-down NHL career for Del Zotto. As New York general manager Glen Sather put it, “he had a couple great years, he had a couple of interesting years here that didn’t work out the way he or we planned.”

With the Predators, it’s hoped the 20th overall pick in the 2008 draft can provide a boost for one of the NHL’s lowest-scoring offenses.

“I think Kevin is a very, very good defenseman, very solid defensively defenseman,” said Preds GM David Poile, “but I think Del Zotto is a much different type of a player and he has that offensive upside, he’s already shown that. He’s had a season where he’s had 42 points.”

  1. joey4id - Jan 23, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Wow! Does Nashville really think pairing up DZ with Jones will help him find his d game that he lost in NY? How long will this pairing last?

    • imleftcoast - Jan 23, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Until about the second period. This is just what Vancouver’s offensive woes needed.

  2. xdj511 - Jan 23, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Yeah, let him loose so that he can make ill-advised pinches that lead to odd-man rushes against… let him loose to wander out of position and not pick up his man in the defensive end… let him loose to make high-risk breakout passes that more often than not end up on the other team’s stick… this could get ugly really fast

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