Michael Del Zotto D PHI 1 Month

Del Zotto scored his first goal as a Flyer on Thursday, and it turned out to be the game-winner in a 4-1 decision over the Panthers.

Del Zotto's been surprisingly successful in his new environs, with seven points now in 13 games, but before Thursday, he hadn't been putting many pucks on net. In fact, he hadn't had more than one shot on goal in a game since Oct. 18 (when he had two) before Thursday's three-shot performance led to him breaking through with his first goal. MDZ's proven to be a more-than-competent fourth defenseman for fantasy purposes in the early going.

Michael Del Zotto D PHI 1 Month

Del Zotto collected a helper in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Oilers.

Del Zotto has six points -- all assists -- in 12 games this season. Last season, he had just 16 points in 77 games. This season was characterized as a redemption season for the still-young and once-promising defenseman, and so far so good. That said, he's an offense-first defenseman, so use him accordingly.

Michael Del Zotto D PHI 2 Months

Del Zotto assisted on two goals in the Flyers' 4-2 win over the Red Wings on Saturday.

With both Andrew MacDonald and Braydon Coburn ruled out for four weeks with lower-body injuries, Del Zotto saw a season-high 22:37 of action, making the most of it with the two dishes. The 24-year-old looked like he was on the verge of washing out of the league following his tepid play the previous two seasons with the Rangers and Predators, but he's done well during his time with the Flyers to salvage his stalling career. Del Zotto's spotty play in his own zone probably makes him less than ideal as a top-four contributor for the Flyers, but with five points in eight games, it's easy to recognize the fantasy appeal.

Michael Del Zotto D PHI 2 Months

Del Zotto assisted on Jakub Voracek's game-tying third-period goal in Tuesday's shootout loss to the Ducks.

Del Zotto's stock has plummeted considerably since his 41-point showing in the 2011-12 season, but the 24-year-old still has some upside to offer as a puck-mover. Even so, he's likely only holding down a regular spot on the Philadelphia blue line due to a lack of better options. Del Zotto is still something of a liability on his own end, and it wouldn't be surprising if his minus-4 rating only worsens from here.

Michael Del Zotto D PHI 5 Months

Del Zotto signed a one-year deal with the Flyers on Tuesday.

Del Zotto played in 67 games last season with the Rangers and Predators, scoring a total of three goals on the year. He'll provide the Flyers with defensive depth, but it's currently unclear if the 24-year-old will serve in a top-four role.

Michael Del Zotto D PHI 6 Months

Columnist Larry Brooks feels this summer should serve as a wake-up call for Michael Del Zotto.

Not only did Nashville not bother to qualify Del Zotto, but he is still looking for work a week into the unrestricted free agent market. It wasn't long ago that the Rangers were giving Del Zotto top-four minutes, but now he needs to prove that he's worthy of simply playing in the NHL. He should eventually find a team that's willing to give him a one-year "show me" contract and then the pressure will be on for him to bounce back.

Michael Del Zotto D PHI 6 Months

Michael Del Zotto will not get a qualifying offer from Nashville, which makes him an unrestricted free agent.

The Predators rolled the dice by acquiring him in exchange for Kevin Klein, but he didn't make a smooth transition. It was thought that he might get a chance to bounce back under new coach Peter Laviolette, but now he'll be looking to do that with another team. Del Zotto produced three goals and 16 points in 67 games with Nashville and the New York Rangers last season.

Michael Del Zotto D PHI 6 Months

The New York Islanders reportedly have an interest in Michael Del Zotto.

It's believed that Del Zotto will either be dealt by Nashville or he will not be qualified on Monday. The Predators don't feel that the former Rangers blueliner is a fit with their organization, so they are expected to cut ties with him shortly.

Michael Del Zotto D PHI 6 Months

Michael Del Zotto is being shopped by the Predators, according to TVA's Renaud Lavoie.

Del Zotto played 25 games with the Predators after the trade with the Rangers. In 67 games last season, he recorded 16 points, not exactly the type of numbers you want to see from a guy who is of the offensive-defenseman mold. Del Zotto is a restricted free agent who earned $2.9 million last season. Only 24, there should be interest around the league, though the Predators probably shouldn't expect a big haul in return.

Michael Del Zotto D PHI 6 Months

Michael Del Zotto and the Nashville Predators haven't started contract talks yet.

"Nothing to report, no discussions yet," said agent Mark Guy. Assuming Del Zotto is still in Nashville's plans, he'll get a qualifying offer from the club sometime before the June 30 deadline. He will be a restricted free agent next week, but there doesn't appear to be a rush to get him under contract.