Luca Caputi
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
217 lb (99 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Pittsburgh Penguins
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born October 1 1988 (1988-10-01) (age 31),
Toronto, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 111th overall, 2007
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pro Career 2008 – present

Gianluca Caputi (born October 1, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Luca grew up in Maple, Ontario, a suburban community northwest of Toronto.

Playing careerEdit

Luca Caputi began his junior career with the Mississauga IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in the 2004–05 season. He played for the same team for four seasons, even after the Mississauga IceDogs moved and became the Niagara IceDogs, until 2007–08. After his 2006–07 season, Caputi was drafted in the fourth round by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft as the 111th overall pick. While several scouts projected him as high as the 40th pick claiming that he was a great package of both size and skill possessing a long reach, he managed to drop into the 4th round. Teams passed on him due his inconsistent play of edge and skill with a lack of effective hitting.

In the following and final season with the Niagara IceDogs, Caputi found his balance with 51 goals and 111 points in just 66 games, becoming an offensive juggernaut on the first line. His 111 points were fourth in league scoring and his 51 goals were third in the OHL while both his 51 goals and 111 points are the most in one season for the Mississauga and Niagara IceDogs organization. Caputi led the team into the playoffs where they defeated the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors 4-0 before losing to the Oshawa Generals 4 games to 2 in the conference semifinals.

Following his breakout season, on April 23, 2008, Caputi signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.[1] He then helped the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League reach the Calder Cup Finals with 8 points in 19 games.

After starting the 2008–09 season with Wilkes-Barre, Caputi made his NHL debut against the Montreal Canadiens on February 3, 2009, scoring his first NHL goal on his first shift after being on the ice for just 2:03 of ice time.[2]

On March 4, 2009, Caputi was assigned to the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL due to "a violation of team rules."[3]

In the 2009–10 season on January 5, 2010, Caputi was recalled back up from Wilkes-Barre due to the injured Chris Kunitz. He scored a goal and played on the Penguins' second line against the Atlanta Thrashers.

On March 2, 2010, Caputi was traded along with defenceman Martin Skoula to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Alexei Ponikarovsky.[4] On March 4, he played his first game for the Maple Leafs and recorded an assist against the Boston Bruins. He scored his first goal as a Maple Leaf against the Boston Bruins on March 9th with 40 seats reserved for family and friends in Toronto.

On October 4, 2010, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that Caputi was one of four players assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. On October 27, 2010 Caputi was called up by the Maple Leafs

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003—04Toronto Jr. CanadiansGTHL525255107127
2004–05Mississauga IceDogsOHL4851625
2005–06Mississauga IceDogsOHL3230343
2006–07Mississauga IceDogsOHL682738656652130
2007–08Niagara IceDogsOHL66516011110710891714
2007–08Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL194488
2008–09Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL66182745451235810
2008–09Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL51014
2008–09Wheeling NailersECHL32130
2009–10Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL5423244761
2009–10Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL41122
2009–10Toronto Maple LeafsNHL1915610
2010–11Toronto MarliesAHL1314530
2010–11Toronto Maple LeafsNHL70004
NHL totals 35 3 6 9 20


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