Over the next 10 days, Cardiac Cane will look at the top 10 prospects in the Carolina Hurricanes’ system. Taken into account will be potential and how soon the player could make the Hurricanes’ roster, among other things.
Previously: #5 Danny Biega
#4 Phil Di Giuseppe
Background: Drafted by the Hurricanes in the second round of the 2012 Draft. Played for Michigan as an 18-year-old freshman. Just completed his sophomore season.
Phil Di Giuseppe is perhaps the prospect with the greatest scoring ability in the Hurricanes’ system. He’s a natural scorer that has potted 20 goals in 80 games for Michigan as an 18 and 19-year-old player.
But scoring is not the only thing Di Giuseppe can do. He can pass the puck shown by his 19 assists last season. The Ontario native is also not afraid of going into the corners or playing along the boards, two traits that will help him when he makes the NHL.
Right now it looks like he’s shaping up to be a scoring line forward, most likely the second line, in the NHL.
This year, Di Giuseppe will return to the Wolverines. The Canes typically have their NCAA players play all four years at their respective schools, but Di Giuseppe could be ready for the Checkers or maybe the Hurricanes in 2014-15.
But however he decides to get there, Di Giuseppe should make it to the Canes roster sometime down the road.