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Trotz ‘really happy’ with Del Zotto’s Preds debut

Jan 24, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT

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It’s early, but Barry Trotz is happy with the returns from the Kevin Klein-Michael Del Zotto trade.

“I liked a lot of things he did,” Trotz said of Del Zotto’s debut, a 2-1 win in Vancouver, per The Tennessean. “He had good compete for me, his puck management was really good. Especially since he hadn’t played with us. I was really happy with his effort.”

Del Zotto, acquired from New York on Wednesday, played just over 13 minutes on Thursday and finished with two blocked shots, a hit and a shot on goal. Paired with rookie Seth Jones, Del Zotto played mostly mistake-free hockey throughout the night but, interestingly enough, didn’t get a single second of power-play time.

Last year, Del Zotto led all Rangers defensemen in power play TOI per game (2:54) and has carved a niche for himself as an puck-moving offensive defenseman that thrives with the man advantage. Considering Nashville’s lack of offense and need for creativity, it’s a little surprising Del Zotto was left off the PP unit entirely — though Trotz did say he expected those opportunities to come as the new defensemen gets more comfortable with his surroundings.

As for Del Zotto himself? He was just glad to get a win.

“Getting a win in the first game with a new team feels great,” Del Zotto said. “They put me in positions I could play, and I felt great.”

  1. 950003cups - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Good for MDZ!

  2. nyeagles10 - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Hope he works out for u guys. loves the game and can play both ends of the ice

  3. hockeydon10 - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Seems like this will end up a clear win for the Preds. He’s a young guy that was piled on by the new coach in NYC, probably eroding his confidence level.

    Trotz on the other hand is used to fielding a budget team and getting the most out of the players he’s given. He’s always struck me as one of those coaches that does a great job of pulling all the right strings no matter a player’s personality. He’ll pump up MDZ’s confidence while helping improve what was already a solid d-man.

  4. nyrfisher999 - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Except he’s not a solid defenseman. He always looks lost in his own zone

  5. barkar942 - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    We will see how Trotz feels after twenty games.
    I wish DelZ the best.

  6. moarjam - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    I’m a big DZ supporter. He was a hard worker and seemed like a good kid. I hope he puts it together in Nashville.

    He’s not a bad player but he just isn’t what he was advertised to be. He’s just not a PP specialist or puck moving defenseman. He was given every chance and then some to produce on the PP and could not.

    Can he turn it around? Of course. He’s got all the tools. What’s up for debate is if he’s got the toolbox.

  7. 7mantel - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Hope the best for MDZ !

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