Matt D'Agostini, the feisty free agent pick up by the Storm, stepped in and became one of their key players and showed a bit of decent offensive upside in his first season in the OHL.
D’Agostini showed some decent offensive upside in his first season in the OHL, tallying 24 goals and 46 points in 59 games in 2004-05. He led Storm rookies in scoring and was named to the OHL Second All-Rookie Team.
2006-07: As a rookie with the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL), D’Agostini was a bit of an unsung hero. He was able to make considerable offensive contributions, and his presence in the lineup became a big part of the team's success. In a match versus Syracuse on March 16, 2007, he scored a total of four goals, tied for the most goals in one game in franchise history.
2007-08: D’Agostini appeared in his first NHL game during the 2007-08 season, but was held scoreless in his only game of the season with Montreal. In 76 games with Hamilton (AHL), he recorded 53 points (23+30) and an additional 13 points (4+9) in 22 playoff games.
2008-09: D'Agostini split the season between Montreal and Hamilton. The winger played in 20 AHL games with the Bulldogs, scoring 14 goals, 11 assists for 25 points. He played in 53 NHL games with the Canadiens and finished with 12 goals, 9 assists for 21 points. He was held scoreless in 3 playoff games.
2009-10: D'Agostini stumbled out of the gate for Montreal and managed only 2 goals, 2 assists in 40 games. He was sent down to Hamilton in January for 3 games, where he recorded 1 assist. In March, 2010, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forward prospect Aaron Palushaj. D'Agostini skated in 7 games with the Blues but did not record a point.
D'Agostini doesn't excel in any one particular facet of the game, but he is always in the middle of the action and seems to make a key contribution and key moments of the game. He uses his speed to find open areas on the ice and create scoring opportunities. He also has good overall vision and anticipation -- he understands what his assignment is before he steps on the ice. D’Agostini plays a very technically sound, smart brand of hockey.
D'Agostini was claimed off of waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins by the Buffalo Sabres in November of 2013.