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Breakdown: Nashville claims forward Phillip Di Giuseppe

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A move that could mildly benefit the parent and AHL club.

NHL: DEC 16 Coyotes at Hurricanes Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On Tuesday, the Nashville Predators claimed 25-year-old forward Phillip Di Giuseppe off of waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes. Di Giuseppe was drafted 38th overall by the Canes in 2012 and has played 147 NHL games and 160 AHL games after a three-year career at the University of Michigan.

By The Numbers

Before we get into the numbers, I want to temper expectations. Di Giuseppe was not claimed to completely solve bottom-six scoring issues. I made a note about this on Twitter: this waiver claim reminds me of when Nashville claimed Derek Grant in January of 2017. He was used in six games as a fill-in when injury problems persisted.

When everyone is healthy, I don’t envision Di Giuseppe on the active 23 unless something remarkable happens before then. But—once he is presumably waived again—if he makes it to Milwaukee he could be a huge addition for that club, which is struggling to score without Rocco Grimaldi and Eeli Tolvanen.

Di Giuseppe’s Career Statistics
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Di Giuseppe has four points on the season but has a career high of 17 points in 41 games (2015-16). Additionally, he has 89 points in 160 career AHL regular-season games, including 12 points in 14 games in Charlotte last season.

His underlying numbers are very mediocre. In 2018-19, Di Giuseppe has a 51.29% Corsi rating at even strength, which is not bad on its own but comes with a -2.88 relative Corsi rating. This means that the Hurricanes directed three more shots to the net when Di Giuseppe was not on the ice. He comes with a 43.75 GF%—despite having a 48.38% expected-goals-for percentage, which might suggest he could have been a little unlucky—but a 0.27 relative goals-for rating, which would be second on the Predators’ bottom line behind Miikka Salomäki (3.84).

So, as you can see, Di Giuseppe’s possession numbers oscillate between barely positive and barely negative but are generally on par with the Predators’ bottom line—although Gaudreau and Grimaldi have done a good job of being off the ice for a decent volume of shot-attempts against.

The Eye-Test

Di Giuseppe has a power forward’s kind of build but comes with an excellent set of hands and an often well-placed wrist shot, as seen above.

Above is an impressive shift from Di Giuseppe. He creates a nice turnover against Jakob Chychrun, then proceeds to find plenty of open ice at even strength three different times before firing the puck into the back of the net.

Above is a clip of another nicely-placed shot from a medium-danger area that finds the back of the net.

The Contract

Di Giuseppe signed a one-year extension after his entry-level contract expired this past summer. It’s a one-way contract with a cap hit and salary of $750K. He will be a restricted free agent this coming summer.

All statistics are courtesy of eliteprospects.com and corisca.hockey. All contract information is courtesy of capfriendly.com.