Originally written on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 4/21/12

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 05: Michael Del Zotto #4 of the New York Rangers skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 5, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Michael Del Zotto has been the target of a lot of unwarranted heat, hatred, and vicious “trade him now” comments from a good portion of the fan base. Generally speaking, these comments are unnecessary for a defenseman who just turned 21 years old. The kid has a long way to go before anyone can even come close to labeling him as a bust. That said, this year is a big year for the young defenseman, both for himself and the success of the New York Rangers. Del Zotto may not have been penciled into the top four defensemen in the offseason, but the injury to Marc Staal has forced Del Zotto to play top four minutes, and he has responded with relatively strong play. Of course, this is just through two games, and there have been a few mistakes made, but mistakes happen, no one is perfect. The two most glaring mistakes that people point to are Del Zotto’s homerun passes, which generally never work, and his inability to cover Mike Richards on the LA Kings tying goal. Addressing each one: MDZ...
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