It started when Mark Streit went down with an injury, but Michael Del Zotto really emerged as a workhorse in the last three games.
In the Flyers Black Friday game, which went to overtime, Del Zotto played 25:34. In Saturday's shutout win against the Rangers, Del Zotto played 29:20 as the Flyers dealt with a shorthanded defensive staff. In Tuesday's win over Ottawa, he played 26:55.
Already one of the veterans on the blue line for the Flyers, Del Zotto has become a leader. And unlike some of his partners defensively, he could have a long-term place with the Flyers.