After recently reporting that Thomas DiPauli was close to an agreement with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the NHL itself has made it official. DiPauli has signed a two-year entry-level deal with the Penguins on Friday.
After re-signing Matt Cullen this week, the Penguins would seem to be short on spots in their bottom-six for the Notre Dame winger, meaning he may have to head to the AHL to start. While he’s not considered as polished as fellow NCAA grad Jimmy Vesey, Pittsburgh is a solid fit for him going forward. The Penguins employ a strong four-line game, and may try to develop DiPauli’s offensive game even further.
After not providing much offense through his first two seasons, DiPauli has scored 29 and 32 points in his junior and senior years, and seems to be on a strong development path. He also will reunite with former Fighting Irish Bryan Rust, who played with DiPauli in both 2012-13 and 2013-14.