Michael DiPietro

Vancouver Canucks
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Fantasy Summary

A slightly undersized but highly talented goaltender.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country CAN
Position G
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 9, 1999
Height 6‘0”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 3; Overall: 64

Observations

January 2019 – With his second shutout of the season, and first as a 67, DiPietro set a new OHL record for career goose eggs with his 17th overall. DiPietro is also inching up the all-time OHL wins list. He currently sits with 88 – only six shy of the top 10. The 19-year-old is starting to get his feet under him since the WJC disappointment. He currently sits third in the league with a 0.915 save percentage on the season. Cam Robinson

January 2019 – DiPietro represented his country with poise and dignity at the most recent WJHC. He was stellar through four contests posting a 0.952 save percentage. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as the Canadians fell to Finland in overtime during the Quarterfinals. DiPietro returns to the Ottawa 67’s poised for a lengthy playoff run. It will be the last of his OHL career, as the 19-year-old will be off to the professional ranks next fall. Cam Robinson

December 2018 – The reigning OHL Goaltender of the Year has come back even better in his fourth junior campaign. The 19-year-old is sporting a 0.920 save percentage and lives in the OHL top-10 for most categories. It is expected that DiPietro will be the starting netminder for the Canadians at this winter’s World Junior Championships. Where he returns to afterwards is still up in the air though. The former third-round pick is one of the league’s hottest rental options with rumours swirling of packages involving eight second-round draft picks being apart of one offer. Wherever he lands, it’ll be a playoff bound team looking to make a run. DiPietro knows a thing or two about that as he backstopped the Spits to a Memorial Cup victory as a 17-year-old in 2016-17. Cam Robinson

Mach 2018 – DiPietro finished his third OHL campaign as the league leader in shutouts with seven and ranked within the top 10 in wins (29), saves (1544), goals-against average (2.79) and save percentage (0.910). The 18-year-old has been everything for the Spitfires this season, especially after the team gutted it’s roster of all their other pieces in order to begin the rebuilding process. DiPietro has continued his dominance in the early going of the post-season as he’s backstopped the team to a 2-2 series tie against the favoured Sarnia Sting thus far on the back of a .950 save percentage. It’s almost assured that the Canucks’ third round pick will be dealt to an OHL contender at some point over the course of the next eight months and his price will be extremely high. Cam Robinson

December 2017 – DiPietro was named to Team Canada’s World Junior training camp today, and appears to be a solid bet to slide into one of the top two spots in his position. Reigning WHL goaltender of the Year and 2015-16 CHL Goaltender of the Year, Carter Hart is the odds on favourite to start for the Canadians but DiPietro should get his chances as well. The Windsor Spitfires’ netminder has been struggling a tad of late, but so has his entire team. He’s a big game goaltender and that should bode well heading into camp and pre-tournament games. Cam Robinson

November 2017 – The slightly undersized net minder is up to his old tricks to start his third OHL campaign. Through 15 contests, the 18-year-old has posted a 9-4-1 mark to go along with a 2.23 GAA and 0.930 SV%. He’s consistently been one of the top goaltenders in his age group and slots behind Thatcher Demko in what is becoming an enviable goaltender stable for the Canucks. DiPietro is the odds-on-favourite to back up Carter Hart at this winter’s World Junior Hockey Championships for Team Canada. He will also be eligible for the 2019 tournament. Cam Robinson

June 2017 – The Canucks selected the talented netminder early in the third round of the 2017 entry draft. DiPietro makes up for his less-than-ideal height with terrific athleticism and strong positioning. He battles through screens and owns some tidy rebound control. DiPietro had a strong draft season, beginning with a solid Ivan Hlinka tournament, posting a .917 save percentage over 51 regular season contests and then culminated the year by hoisting the Memorial Cup with the host Windsor Spitfires. Standing just six feet tall will put him in an uphill position to become a workhorse starting netminder at the NHL level, but DiPietro has topnotch skills and a clear desire to work for his success. Cam Robinson


Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2014-2015 Sun County Panthers Mn Mdgt AAA AHMMPL 21 2.12 .916 | Playoffs 9 1.89 .933
  Team Ontario CWG 4 0.75 .971 |        
  Leamington Flyers GOJHL 1 2.00 .905 |        
  Team ALLIANCE OGC-16 3 3.67 - |        
 2015-2016 Windsor Spitfires OHL 29 2.45 .912 | Playoffs 3 3.48 .869
  Team Green U17-Dev 3 3.97 .833 |        
  Canada Red U17 WHC-17 5 1.75 .929 |        
  Canada U18 WJC-18 0 - - |        
 2016-2017 Windsor Spitfires OHL 51 2.35 .917 | Playoffs 7 2.48 .917
  Windsor Spitfires M-Cup 4 2.00 .932 |        
  Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 3 2.00 .920 |        
 2017-2018 Windsor Spitfires OHL 56 2.79 .910 | Playoffs 6 2.81 .934
  Canada WC 0 - - |        
 2018-2019 Windsor Spitfires OHL 21 2.32 .920 |        
  Ottawa 67's OHL 17 2.51 .897 | Playoffs 14 2.35 .914
  Vancouver Canucks NHL 1 7.00 .708 |        
  Canada U20 WJC-20 4 1.23 .952 |        
 2019-2020 Utica Comets AHL - - - |        

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