Thomas Di Pauli
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Thomas Di Pauli

Hometown:

Woodbridge Illinois

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1993-02-28

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

4th round (100th overall), 2012

Weight:

188 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Thomas Di Pauli skated for the Chicago MIssion Midget Major U16 team and represented the USA at the 2010 U17 Four Nations Cup. In 30 games with Mission he scored 18 goals with 15 assists and had 10 penalty minutes. He had 1 goal and 2 assists in four games at the Four Nations Cup.

2010-11: Di Pauli joined the USA National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor and was a co-captain of the NTDP U17 team. He skated in two games with the U18 team and had 1 goal with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes. In 49 games with the U17 team he scored 7 goals with 20 assists. He represented the USA at the 2011 U18 Vlad Dzurilla and U17 World Hockey Challenge tournaments. He had two assists in three games as the USA captured gold in the Dzurilla tournament and had 2 goals with 4 assists in six games for the silver medal-winning USA squad at the WHC. Di Pauli committed to playing college hockey at Notre Dame.

2011-12: Di Pauli skated for the NTDP U18 team in his second season in Ann Arbor and won a gold medal at the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship. DiPauli scored 11 goals with 10 assists and had 22 penalty minutes in 55 games. He scored 1 goal and was an even plus/minus in six games at the WJC. Di Pauli was ranked 81st amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Washington in the fourth round (100th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Di Pauli played in 41 game for Notre Dame as a freshman. He scored 5 goals with 7 assists and was +8 with 31 penalty minutes. The Fighting Irish won the final CCHA playoff championship after finishing second to Miami in the regular season. Notre Dame lost to St. Cloud State in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals.

2013-14: Di Pauli battled injuries during his sophomore season at Notre Dame — missing 14 of 40 games for the Fighting Irish. He scored 3 goals with 2 assists and had an even plus/minus in 26 games. Notre Dame finished eighth in Hockey East in its first year in the conference. The Fighting Irish upset first-place Boston College in the conference tournament and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament; falling to St. Cloud State, 4-3, in overtime in the NCAA West regional semifinals. 

Talent Analysis

Di Pauli is an energy player with a high motor who is fearless going into the corners.  He is good on faceoffs and generates offense via his hard work.  His skating and stick handling skills are not overly impressive but he is a good passer and receiver and creates offense for teammates by reading the play well. Di Pauli is a modestly-sized player who is stocky enough that he can be difficult to knock off of the puck. 

Future

Di Pauli is in his junior season at Notre Dame in 2014-15 and has had a breakout year after being hampered by injuries as a sophomore. Playing both center and left wing on the top two lines for the Fighting Irish, he is among the team leaders in assists. He is likely to complete his final two seasons of pro hockey before signing a pro contract. Long-term, Di Pauli projects as an effective third- or fourth-line forward with some potential to move up if his offensive game improves.

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