Stefano Giliati was originally selected in the second round of the 2004 QMJHL Draft by the Shawinigan Cataractes, and made the team in his first attempt as a 17-year-old. Playing sparingly on the fourth line initially, Giliati saw his role increased as the season progressed, and he finished with 14 points in 54 games. Giliati was moved to Lewiston in the off-season in the trade that sent Atlanta prospect Alex Bourret to Shawinigan. Giliati was hoped to help fill some of the offense vacated by Bourret. While he didn’t come close to matching the Thrashers’ prospect’s numbers, Giliati still became a very adequate offensive player on the Lewiston second line, picking up 49 points, having appeared in every game, playing an up-tempo style of play.
Signed as undrafted free agent after three seasons with Lewiston of the QMJHL.
2007-08: Giliati entered his third season with the Lewiston MAINEiacs (QMJHL), appearing in 65 games with the club before being sent to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) for one game. With Lewiston, he had his best season to date, netting 40 goals and 47 assists for 87 total points.
2008-09: Giliati skated in 53 games for the Toronto Marlies (AHL) in his first pro season. He scored 6 goals with 9 assists and was +7 with 16 PMs. Giliati did not see any action in the AHL Playoffs.
2009-10: Giliati spent much of his second pro season with the ECHL Reading Royals; appearing in 25 games with the AHL Marlies. Giliati was re-called by the Marlies in mid-December and spent two months in the AHL before being returned to Reading in February. He scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was -7 with 8 PMs with Toronto. Giliati was the fourth-leading scorer for Reading, despite appearing in just 46 games, with 23 goals and 32 assists; and was +9 with 76 PMs. He skated in 13 of 16 playoff games as the Royals reached the East Conference finals and was -1 with 4 goals and 4 assists.
2010-11: Giliati was acquired by Tampa Bay along with Alex Berry in a trade for defenseman Matt Lashoff in August 2010 and spent the year with the Lightning's AHL affiliate Norfolk. Playing in mostly a checking line role, he scored 7 goals with 14 assists and was -1 with 39 PMs. He had 1 goal and was -2 in six playoff games. Giliati was not offered a contract by Tampa Bay and became an unrestricted free agent in June 2011.
Giliati is stocky and not overly large, but he still does have good foot speed and quickness, and is adept at handling the puck. He has strong offensive awareness. He likes to hit, and is good at using his size to his advantage. Work ethic and team play are weaknesses.
Giliati tends towards offense, but is probably not skilled enough to make it as a top-six player. He'll need to buy into the pro game as the first step though.