WHL

Fantasy Summary

De Luca is a skilled forward who still needs to refine his game at higher paces but who could become a depth producer in the NHL with strong development.


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June 2023 – A late 2004 birthday who played most of last season in Switzerland’s top U-20 circuit, Tommaso De Luca has not got a lot of draft buzz this season. As a sub-point-per-game, 6-foot winger in the WHL, I suppose that’s to be expected, nevertheless, De Luca has an intriguing skill-set. De Luca is a strong all-round skater, with excellent form, stride, power, agility, and edgework. He is also highly competitive, and he shows both of these strengths in his forechecking. De Luca shows an innate drive to be the first player on every puck (and often is with his speed) and can hold his own in puck battles, leading to many offensive zone retrievals. De Luca’s speed is also an asset offensively, where he has shown the ability to break the puck out of his zone, and beat defenders wide with speed, or with intelligent carrying routes. De Luca is also a phenomenal puckhandler from a standstill and in small areas, making him a weapon off the cycle, however, his skills seem to break down frequently at higher speeds. His shot is decent, but doesn’t project to be a threat from range at higher levels. De Luca appears to be highly intelligent, scanning and shoulder checking frequently, and making deceptive passes into high-danger areas. The biggest qualms with De Luca’s game are, one, his ability to play his skill game at a high pace, and two, the execution of his passes, which while targeted to the right players, can often miss their mark. Especially if he can iron out those two aspects of his game, De Luca has attractive potential as a top-nine complimentary winger. Luke Sweeney

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 4.5
Country SUI
Position LW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth December 29, 2004
Height 6‘0”
Weight 179 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2016-2017 Valais Chablais U15U15-Elit3 0 11 0|        
  Leysin Sport AcademyQC Int PW2 1 01 0|        
 2017-2018 Bellinzona U15U15-Top5 5 49 0|        
  Alps Selects U14WSI U146 1 23 -|        
  Ambrì-Piotta U15U15-Elit23 7 512 8|        
 2018-2019 Alps Selects U15WSI U156 4 26 6|        
  Ambrì-Piotta U15U15-Elit25 18 1634 18|        
  Ambrì-Piotta U17U17-Top12 1 34 6|        
 2019-2020 Ambrì-Piotta U17U17-Top12 13 1528 6|        
 2020-2021 Ambrì-Piotta U17U17-Top3 2 46 2|        
  Ambrì-Piotta U20U20-Elit49 15 2035 40|        
 2021-2022 Ambrì-Piotta U20U20-Elit43 12 2840 59|Playoffs7 3 47
  Ambrì-PiottaNL1 0 00 0|        
 2022-2023 Spokane ChiefsWHL65 16 3349 50|        
  Switzerland U19 (all)International-Jr4 1 01 6|        
 2023-2024 Ambrì-Piotta U20U20-Elit- - -- -|        
  Ambrì-PiottaNL6 0 33 2|        
  Switzerland U20 (all)International-Jr- - -- -|        

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