Rangers sign forward Phillip Di Giuseppe

The Rangers have announced that they have come to terms with forward Phillip Di Giuseppe.

The deal is believed to be one-year at $700,000.

From the release:


  • Di Giuseppe, 25, skated in 24 NHL games with Carolina and Nashville in 2018-19, registering one goal and three assists.
  • Di Giuseppe was credited with 54 hits in the 24 NHL games he played during the past season (2.3 hits per game).
  • In addition, Di Giuseppe’s team registered 51.69% of the shot attempts at 5-on-5 when he was on the ice in 2018-19.
  • Di Giuseppe also skated in 26 American Hockey League (AHL) games with the Charlotte Checkers and Milwaukee Admirals this past season, registering five goals and seven assists. He recorded two goals in five games with the Admirals during the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs.
  • The 6-0, 192-pounder has skated in 150 career NHL games over parts of four seasons (2015-16 – 2018-19) with Carolina and Nashville, registering 14 goals and 27 assists for 41 points, along with 58 penalty minutes.
  • Di Giuseppe has also skated in 184 career AHL games over parts of six seasons (2013-14 – 2018-19) with Charlotte and Milwaukee, registering 40 goals and 61 assists for 101 points, along with a plus-four rating and 93 penalty minutes.
  • He has averaged at least 0.70 points per game in three of his last four seasons in the AHL. Di Giuseppe has also skated in 10 career Calder Cup Playoff games, and he has registered three goals and eight penalty minutes in those 10 contests.

He was a second round pick of Carolina in 2012 and was a teammate of Boo Nieves and Jacob Trouba at Michigan.

Di Giuseppe joins Greg McKegg and Danny O’Regan as depth forwards signed this summer.

The Sports Forecaster has written of Di Giuseppe over the years:

  • 2013-14: “A skilled offensive winger with a goal-scorer’s touch the vision to create offense.”
  • 2014-15: He enters his “rookie minor pro campaign with solid NHL scoring line potential.”
  • 2015-16: “Skilled winger was fifth in team scoring on rookie-laden roster in his first pro season, led AHL team in shots.”
  • 2016-17: “One of the Hurricanes bright lights last season, the youngster emerged as a physical presence and solid offensive contributor as a rookie call up. He averaged over 14-minutes per game and chipped in 17 points and 113 hits in 41 games but lost time to injuries, including a concussion. Di Giuseppe proved that he belongs. Projection: 17 goals, 17 assists in 75 games. Actual: 1 goal, 6 assists in 36 games

The Hockey News Future Watch has written:

  • 2013: Carolina’s 5th ranked prospect: “isn’t the biggest player, but he has good speed and skill and needs to develop consistency. “I saw him earlier in the year and he was struggling a little bit and I saw him the other night and he was good”, said Ron Francis. “That’s the game I’d like to see from him on a day-in, day-out basis. He’s got all the tools.”
  • 2014: Carolina’s 5th ranked prospect: “The streaky winger with soft hands has yet to emerge as a big-time goal scorer in three seasons at Michigan. His goal production has declined each year and he went more than two months without a goal at one point this season. With the offense not flowing, Di Gieseppe has focused on improving in other areas. ‘Defensively, I’ve gotten better. Sometimes I’m not scoring, but I’ve tried to pick up other aspects of my game.”
  • 2015: Carolina’s 7th ranked prospect: “Michigan alum has all the tools, but needs to make consistent use of them.”
  • 2016: Carolina’s 3rd ranked prospect: “After a strong first half in the AHL, Di Giuseppe was called up and offered an injection of third-line energy with a game that fits coach Bill Peter’s drive-the-net style. A concussion put a dent in his progress, but he’ll be back to audition for a full-time NHL job – especially if he can demonstrate hands to go with his hustle. The Canes would prefer to have him in the AHL, where mistakes won’t be as costly, but his play at the NHL level made him difficult to keep out of the lineup.”
  • 2017: Carolina’s 7th ranked prospect: “Has impressed at times during several NHL stints with grit and hustle.”

Adam Rotter: If you have the roster space it’s never a bad idea to take a chance on a former second round pick with scoring potential, especially one  that plays with some jam. He could be an interesting fourth-line option for the Rangers if injuries occur, a 13th forward or, most likely, someone the Rangers have in Hartford. As the Rangers go through the bigger issues of getting players under contract and potentially moving out others they still need to fill out their reserve list and this signing does that.