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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 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 53 10 27 -2 37
S. Weber 53 14 21 -4 35
F. Forsberg 53 15 18 -6 33
M. Ribeiro 53 6 27 3 33
J. Neal 53 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 53 6 16 3 22
R. Ellis 52 6 15 2 21
C. Smith 53 11 6 -1 17
C. Jarnkrok 52 9 7 0 16
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 17 7 .904 2.50
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36