One of the more unheralded players heading into Team Canada’s selection camp, Phil Di Giuseppe made an excellent first impression on day 1 of the camp.
A freshman at the University of Michigan, Di Giuseppe had a hand in two of team White’s goals in their 3-2 win over Red in the opening intra-squad game. His goal was of the highlight variety when he flew down the wing, got by defenseman Ryan Murphy and lifted a perfect shot into the top corner of the net.
It was a beautiful solo effort and with that very goal, a player who probably wasn’t expected to make the team, suddenly gave himself a chance.
Producing a spectacular goal was just what the doctor ordered for Di Giuseppe as he is one of 11 players at the selection camp who weren’t on the development camp roster held in August; so his name and game probably weren’t as familiar to the coaching staff.
An 18-year-old native of Maple, Ontario, Di Giuseppe is one of the more unknown players at the camp due to the fact that he does not play junior hockey in Canada and has not yet been drafted by an NHL club. Eligible for the 2012 draft, the 6’1, 200 pound winger is considered to be a budding power-forward with good speed and strength along with a rapidly improving skill-set. He is projected to land somewhere in the second round of the NHL Draft but if he can continue to impress and ends up making the team; his stock is almost certain to climb.
Di Giuseppe and the rest of the Canadian hopefuls will be back on the ice tonight in Calgary for the second intra-squad game. With the first round of cuts looming on Tuesday morning, Di Giuseppe has at least put himself in good position to survive those opening cuts, and another strong outing tonight could earn what would be a very unexpected spot on Canada’s world junior roster.