Jerry D’Amigo
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Jerry D’Amigo

Hometown:

Binghamton New York

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-02-19

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2009

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Trade with Columbus, 2014

Weight:

213 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Jerry D’Amigo played for the USNTDP in Ann Arbor, scoring 43 points in 44 games. At the U18 World Championships, D’Amigo led the team and finished tied for third in the tournament, with 13 points in seven games including four goals, helping the U.S. win gold.

2009-10: His first and only season of college hockey, D’Amigo would suit up in 35 games with RPI and manage 34 points, 10 of those being goals. He would be named to the NCAA (ECAC) All-Rookie Team as well as be named the NCAA (ECAC) Rookie of the Year. D’Amigo was also named to the 2009 US World Junior Team; scoring 12 points in 7 games as one of the top players for the US as they went on to win gold.

2010-11: D’Amigo struggled as a 19-year-old in the AHL in his first pro season and was loaned to OHL Kitchener for the remainder of the year after the 2011 U20 World Junior Tournament. D’Amigo skated in 43 games for the Toronto Marlies and in limited ice time was -4 with 5 goals and 10 assists with 23 PMs. After putting up huge numbers for Team USA’s gold medal team a year earlier, D’Amigo finished with just two points in six games for the bronze-medal winning USA squad in Buffalo. D’Amigo had some success playing with Kitchener. In 21 regular season games he scored 12 goals with 16 assists and was +11 with 12 PMs . D’Amigo led the Rangers with six goals in the seven-game, first round series with Plymouth.

2011-12: D’Amigo was one of two players to skate in all 76 games for the AHL Toronto Marlies (he was also the youngest regular in the lineup – turning 21 at the end of February). In his first full season of pro hockey he scored 15 goals with 26 assists and was tied for third with a plus-13 plus/minus. The Marlies reached the AHL finals after finishing first in the North Division. D’Amigo scored 8 goals (two behind team leader Matt Frattin) and was plus-12 with 5 assists and 12 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games.

2012-13: D’Amigo was the second-leading goal scorer for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies in his second pro season. He scored 17 goals with 12 assists and was +7 with 40 penalty minutes in 70 games for the Marlies. Toronto finished first in the North Division and reached the second round in the AHL playoffs. D’Amigo was one of three Marlies with nine points to share the playoff scoring lead. He had 1 goal with 8 assists and was +5 with 10 penalty minutes in nine playoff games.

2013-14: D’Amigo made his NHL debut with the Maple Leafs on December 5th — skating in 19 games before returning to the AHL Marlies — and rejoined to the Leafs for three games at the end of the year. The third-year pro scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-1 with no penalties, averaging eight minutes of ice time, in 22 NHL games. D’Amigo was an assistant captain for the Marlies. In 51 games he scored 20 goals, third most behind defenseman T.J. Brennan (25) and Joshua Leivo (23), and was +10 with 13 assists and 17 penalty minutes. The Marlies finished first in the North Division and reached the Western Conference Finals; falling to Calder Cup champion Texas in seven games. D’Amigo scored 6 goals with 8 assists and was +7 with 8 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games. Tendered a qualifying offer by the Leafs, he was obtained by Columbus in a July 2014 trade for Matt Frattin and signed a one-year two-way contract with the Blue Jackets as a restricted free agent. 

2014-15: D’Amigo made his debut with Buffalo in March after spending the bulk of his fourth pro season in the AHL. After attending training camp with Columbus he was assigned to Springfield and was traded from the Blue Jackets to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Luke Adam in December 2014; joining Sabres’ AHL affiliate Rochester. D’Amigo scored 9 goals with 17 assists and was -4 with 47 penalty minutes in 59 AHL games between the two teams.

Talent Analysis

D’Amigo is a strong, powerful forward who can motor at both ends of the ice. He has a tireless work-ethic and leaves everything on the ice but has not yet produced at a level matching his energy and competitiveness. He’s a proven defensive player and provides offense in a supporting role. D'Amigo is a valuable player at the AHL level and has performed well in a lower line role when called-up. Whether he has the skill to stay in an NHL lineup on a permanent basis is not yet known.

Future

D'Amigo returned to the NHL with Buffalo at the end of the 2014-15 season after spending most of the season in the AHL. Entering his fifth year of pro hockey next season, he is valued for his high effort level and two-way play but may never be the scorer he was in junior and college hockey or with the USA NTDP squad.

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