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Michael Zotto
North American Skater
Oshawa, OHL
Final Rank:  15 Midterm Rank:  14
Position:  Defenseman Shoots:  Left
Height:  6' 0" Weight:  211
Born:  June 24, 1990    
Birthplace:  North York, ON, CAN

NHL Director of Central Scouting, E.J. Maguire

Strengths: He is the new breed offensive defenseman who jumps up into the rush effectively; he either follows up a rush to add a second dimension or there are times that he is capable of leading the rush himself.  As an offensive defenseman, he is prototypical.

 

Areas to Improve: He needs to improve on the defensive coverage side of the game because he is an offensive defenseman, who, is looking to jump up into the rush and is looking offense first.

 

Outlook: Initially, he projects to be an offensive specialist, but as he gains more experience, as he has done in junior hockey with the Oshawa Generals, he’ll become more of an all-around defenseman.

 

Oshawa head coach Chris DePiero

“Michael is a very skilled skater, puck handler, and shooter.  He can be a physical presence who will be an asset to any team’s power-play.  He continues to improve defensively on a daily basis.”

 

Oshawa GM Brad Selwood

“He is just poised way beyond his years. He fit right in from Day 1. Last year when we first saw him, even in the exhibition games, you’d think he was 20-years-old. You’d have to rub your eyes and say; ‘Wow, who is that kid?’ He’s so poised and so good with the puck . . . he loves to pass the puck, and he’s very good at it. Everything’s hard and crisp and on the stick.”





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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33