Di Giuseppe was born in Ontario and played for the Villanova Knights in the Ontario Junior A Hockey League in 2009-10, despite being chosen in the OHL Priority Draft by the Niagra Ice Dogs.
In his first season with the Knights, Di Giuseppe recorded 47 points in 56 games. His second year was a much more productive one. Di Giuseppe
scored 24 goals and added 39 assists for 63 points in 49 games.
However, the left-winger would not stay in Canada, as he committed to Michigan in 2011.
His first season at the university brought a lot of attention to Di Giuseppe. He scored 11 goals and 26 points as a 19-year-old and made the CCHA All-Rookie Team.
His impressive rookie season led some to believe that Di Giuseppe would go in the first round of the NHL Draft, but he fell to the 38th pick in 2012, where the Hurricanes chose him with their first pick of the draft.
His second season with the Wolverines would lead to slightly more offensive production with a weaker team. Di Giuseppe scored 28 points as Michigan only won 13 games all season, down from 24 the previous year.
As for Di Guiseppe’s skill, most see him as a pure scorer, however he also has some passing skills. At the time of the 2012 draft, the 6-1 forward was seen as a potential second-line forward, but Di Giuseppe also has the determination and work ethic to be a two-way third line forward should he not reach second-line potential.
It may be a couple of years until Di Giuseppe makes the Canes’ roster; he’ll most likely play at Michigan for his junior year, then join the Charlotte Checkers late next season before playing a full year in the AHL in 2014-15. If Di Giuseppe has a great year in NCAA this year, it’s possible he makes the Hurricanes in 2014.
He may not make an impact on the Hurricanes’ roster in the near future, but Di Giuseppe definitely has the potential of making the team in a few years.