Michael Del Zotto moved to Nashville and so he’s our Geek of the Week…
Whenever a fantasy relevant player changes teams in the NHL, I like to do a deep dive on their historical performance and assess their situation with their new team in an attempt to determine if there might be some value there. Today I'm going to take a look at a player who is hoping that a change of scenery will revive his once promising career: Michael Del Zotto.
Three years ago (2011-12 season), Michael Del Zotto was one of the better fantasy hockey defensemen going. His ability to accumulate points, while contributing on the man advantage and hitting at a high-end clip made him an extremely attractive own in many leagues. Take a look at his Fantasy Hockey Geek calculated numbers in the Dobber Experts' league that season:
(16 team league, measuring G, A, +/-, PPP, SOG, Hits)
||Michael Del Zotto
In the 2011-12 season, MDZ was the 46th most valuable player in the entire league, the 40th most valuable skater and the 12th most valuable defenseman! Astonishingly, he provided more value to his owners that season than PK Subban or Duncan Keith did. This guy was an up and coming fantasy stud. So what made Del Zotto such a solid own?
Points: As I mentioned, MDZ was putting up points at a decent clip: his 41 were 18th amongst defensemen that season. Furthermore, his 10 goals were 16th amongst blue-liners.
Hits: Del Zotto's real value came from his ability to play the body to the tune of about two hits per game. His 156 hits ranked him fifth amongst defensemen who netted at least 35 points that season. He was average to good in most other categories, but he was great in hits which really helped to propel his value.
+/-: MDZ was a +20 that season which would have helped his value a lot. Looking at his career numbers though, it would have been smart at the time to expect a regression i