DiGiuseppe wears the hell out of yellow. (Photo courtesy of University of Michigan Athletic Department)
The draft, hands down, is the best time of the hockey season. Maybe I'm just saying that because the Wild haven't been seen post-season action since 2008, but that is besides the point.
The Wild hold seven picks this year, including the 7th overall pick. The last time that Wild had a pick this high was when the team selected Benoit Pouliot 4th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (the beginning of the Wild's awful draft record, as seen by our pal's inspiration for their blog's name...).
However, since GM Chuck Fletcher and Assistant GM Brett Flahr arrived, the team has started to see some promise. Some of these names include the Christ-like (or whoever you pray to) Mikael Granlund, Johan Larsson, Charlie Coyle and the recently drafted Jonas Brodin.
So, on June 22nd-23rd, we will all sit down in front of the television/computer and watch the draft. But if you are wondering, "who's who", then you haven't been reading HW because thats my job.
So without further ado:
Introducing our 2012 NHL #30 Draft Prospect - Phil Di Giuseppe
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Phil Di Giuseppe
Center / Michigna University
Oct 9 1993
|2011/12 - U of Michigan (CCHA)
Accomplishments & Awards:
Prospect Jersey (What Would They Look Like In a Wild Jersey?)
Summarized Scouting Report
Has all the raw tools to develop into a highly effective power forward ... is a powerful skater and has a quick stride with good acceleration ... a big body that has plenty of room to continue to add strength to ... a sneaky release ... has a good hard shot with a quick release that he uses while driving to the net ... soft hands ... good offensive instincts ... does a good job of creating offense with his speed ... protects the puck well and works the boards hard, usually winning the puck ... tough to contain along the boards on the cycle ... keeps his feet moving and drives into dirty areas without hesitation ... works hard to fight through checks ... competes
He needs to continue to add strength ... could play with a bit more edge more consistently ... needs to keep working on his defensive duties
Top six power forward
NHL prospect Phil Di Giuseppe joins long list of great Michigan Wolverines (via THNTV)
Where Does He Fit In The Wild?
While Di Giuseppe brings some offense, he really is more of a powerforward that plays with speed and on the cycle. We have that already in Coyle and Larsson, we need some prospects that bring natural offensive skills.
A surprise player during Team Canada's selection camp, Di Giuseppe almost made the team but ended up as a final cut. There aren't many high end Canadians playing in the NCAA, meaning Di Giuseppe did much to impress Canada's coaching staff.
Di Giuseppe has a decent shooting and playmaking abilities but his strength lies in his ability to skate hard and fast, and use his solid frame to protect the puck and win board battles. He drives to the net hard and keeps his feet moving. The combination of size and speed will make him an interesting prospect on draft day.
Considering how well he did this year, he will have a high chance of making Team Canada next year as a bottom six forward. Canada likes to have hardworking and powerful forwards on their bottom two lines and Di Giuseppe fits that bill.
He is still a bit raw but has some tools to make him a decent late round pick. He will spend more time in the NCAA bulking up and refining the rest of his game
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