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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.”

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