Devin DiDiomete

Hometown:

Stratford Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-05-09

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Free agent, 2008 by NYR

Weight:

200 lbs.

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History

2005-06: Devin Didiomete’s second season with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL saw him tally 36 points in 60 games. His intense play lead him to 202 PIMs for the Wolves. The Flames would select Didiomete 187th overall in the 2006 NHL Draft.

2006-07: The Stratford, Ontario, native had yet another increase in his point production, this time recording 40 points (21G, 19A) in 62 games. The fiery Didiomete would add another 205 PIMs to his OHL career totals.

2007-08: In an off-season transaction, the Sudbury Wolves sent DiDiomete to the Sarnia Sting for his final year of CHL play. DiDiomete achieved his highest CHL point total during this season, however, this may have been somewhat inflated as the gritty winger regularly played on a line that contained the 2008 first overall NHL draft selection, Steve Stamkos.  He acted as an agitator and protector on the line, and earned himself 216 PIM and two suspensions during the season. 
After DiDiomete was not signed by the Calgary Flames last June, he became a free agent. In the Fall of 2008, DiDiomete signed a tryout agreement with the Columbus Blue Jackets, who took him to Traverse City rookie tournament. It was there that DiDiomete piqued the interest of the Rangers. Columbus offered DiDiomete only an AHL contract, so as soon as Columbus no longer held the rights to him, DiDiomete signed an NHL entry-level contract with the Rangers.

Talent Analysis

The left winger is gritty and tenacious, and plays with an edge to intimidate his opponents. He does have some offensive skill, and his play along the boards is excellent. Occasionally, he does take bad penalties, which will hurt his future progress. However, if he can harness his emotions and play a gritty, smart game, Didomete could be an effective two-way professional player.

Future

A potential third- to fourth-line player, DiDiomete has the toughness and agitating ability that could earn him a spot on the Rangers roster in two to three years.