2018-2019 Player Reviews: Phillip Di Giuseppe
"What would you say you DO here?"
Phillip Di Giuseppe spent a whopping two weeks with Nashville after being claimed off waivers on New Year's Day from Carolina. He saw 34 minutes total in just 3 appearances with the Predators before being waived and sent to Milwaukee.
The Report Card
The above visualization includes his time with Carolina. In Nashville, he had 0 points, 8 Corsi attempts and 4 shots on goal, with a -1 +/-. He averaged 11 minutes appearing in losses against Detroit and Carolina, and a victory against Montreal, completely in 4th line minutes. And to be fair, the goal was given up in the 6-3 loss to the Hurricanes—a game in which pretty much everyone did badly.
I imagine Nashville acquired him with the AHL in mind, but wanted to see if anything stood out. That was not the case. After a very promising NCAA career, Di Giuseppe has been the very definition of "Replacement Level":
Di Giuseppe signed with the Rangers this offseason, and with the salary cap crunch they find themselves in after signing Artemi Panarin, they'll need cheap, healthy bodies on the 23-man roster. Hopefully, he catches on and gets significant time and improves—I really do like the kid and wish him well—but he'll likely be a career AHL-type player.
D. There's not much to evaluate: he was sheltered in three overall games, and kept things mostly even. Still, with players like Gaudreau, Pitlick, Salomaki and others seeing fourth-line minutes, Di Giuseppe couldn't manage to stand out among mediocre competition.
How would you grade Phillip Di Giuseppe’s season in Nashville?