Michael DiPietro signs with Vancouver Canucks

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WINDSOR, ON - SEPTEMBER 28: Goaltender Michael DiPietro #64 of the Windsor Spitfires deflects the puck over the net during a game against the Kitchener Rangers on September 28, 2017 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
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The Vancouver Canucks have signed goaltender Michael DiPietro to a three-year, entry-level contract. Financials on the deal have not yet been released.

Michael DiPietro Signs With Vancouver Canucks

Last season DiPietro went 29-21-1 with a 2.79 GAA and.910 SV percentage in 56 games with the OHL’s Windsor Spitfire. He also had seven shutouts setting a new Spitfire record. DiPietro was originally drafted in the third round, 64th overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Canucks. He was named OHL Goaltender of the Year and played for Team Canada during the IIHF World Championships. DiPietro did not see any action during the World Championships.

Ben Kerr had this to say in his scouting report of DiPietro

“DiPietro is calm and composed in net. There have been times this year when Windsor has dominated the play, and he has not seen many shots. Despite that, he maintains good focus and is ready for the next shot.  There have also been times when Windsor had a mish-mash lineup due to injuries, and he faced a lot of shots and odd-man rushes against. He did not get flustered and maintained his poise in the net,” says the author of Top Shelf Prospects. “Like most young goalies, DiPietro is going to be a long-term project. He will need time to develop and refine the finer points of his game. The talent and potential to be a number one goaltender in the NHL are there. One aspect of his game that really needs work is his puck handling ability.”

Kerr went onto compare DiPietro to New York Islanders‘ netminder Jaroslav Halak.

What This Means for the Future

The 18-year-old joins the young core of goaltenders that the Canucks have. This past year the Canucks had Jacob Markstrom and Anders Nilsson manning the net for the pride of British Columbia. DiPietro will most likely spend a year or two down in the AHL before he is called up to the NHL.

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