Justin DiBenedetto


Etobicoke Ontario

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6th round (175th overall), 2008


194 lbs.

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2007-08: Justin DiBenedetto put up incredible numbers for the Sting, finishing second to Steven Stamkos in scoring.  The year before, he scored 28 goals and 63 points in 58 games, but this season upped that to 39 goals and 93 points.  He also had 10 points in 9 playoff games.  Born in 1988, he went undrafted previously.

2008-09: DiBenedetto made his pro debut in three AHL playoff games with Bridgeport after completing his junior career with the Sarnia Sting (OHL). DiBenedetto scored one goal for the Sound Tigers and was -1 with 4 PMs. In his fifth OHL season, and third with the Sting, DiBenedetto scored 45 goals with 48 assists and was +14 with 85 PMs in 62 games. DiBenedetto scored 16 power play goals for the Sting and received the OHL's Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy as the league's top overage player.

2009-10: DiBenedetto appeared in 67 games as a rookie with AHL Bridgeport, registering 6 goals and 8 assists with a -8 plus/minus and 62 PMs. Two of his goals were scored on the power play.

2010-11: DiBenedetto made his NHL debut in March, appearing in eight games with the Islanders, and increased his offensive production with Bridgeport in his second AHL campaign. In his stint with the Islanders he had 1 assist and was -2 with 2 PMs in mostly fourth-line duty. With Bridgeport DiBenedetto scored 9 of his 19 goals on the power play and had 11 assists in 51 games. DiBenedetto was -4 and had 30 PMs for the Sound Tigers, who finished last in the Atlantic Division.

2011-12: DiBenedetto played 55 games for Islanders' AHL affiliate Bridgeport in his third pro season; missing over a month after suffering a concussion in December. He scored 20 goals with 21 assists and was plus-seven with 73 penalty minutes for he Sound Tigers. Bridgeport finished first in the Northeast Division but lost to second-place Connecticut in three games in a best-of-five playoff series. DiBenedetto scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was minus-three with 16 penalty minutes against the Whale. He was tendered a qualifying offer by the Islanders in June 2012 before signing with Austria's EC Salzburg for the 2012-13 season.


Talent Analysis

DiBenedetto numbers speak of some good offensive potential, especially with the right teammates.



DiBenedetto is playing for the EC Salzburg in Austria in 2012-13. DiBenedetto projects as a bottom-six forward with some offensive upside.



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