Justin DiBenedetto (LW)
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Acquired: Selected at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders in the 6th round (175th overall).
Last Season: Established career highs in goals (19), assists (11) and points (30) in 51 American Hockey League games during his second season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers…Also appeared in the first eight NHL games of his career with the Islanders, recording one assist…With Bridgeport, had five multi-point games…Recorded a four-game goal-scoring streak from Jan. 22–29…Recalled from Bridgeport on Feb. 28 and made his NHL debut at Washington…Recorded his first career point/assist on Mar. 11 vs. Boston…Returned on loan to Bridgeport on Mar. 16.
2009-10: Scored 14 points (6g/8a) in 67 games as a rookie with Bridgeport...Finished third on the team with 169 shots. 2008-09: Led the Sarnia Sting in goals (45), assists (48) and points (93) in 63 games during his fifth Ontario Hockey League season...Established a career high in goals and matched his career high in points...Posted a team-best plus-14 rating and led the club with four short-handed goals...Appeared in five postseason games, tallying three assists....Made his professional debut with Bridgeport in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, appearing in three postseason games and scoring one goal with four penalty minutes. 2007-08: Ranked second on Sarnia in goals (39), first in assists (54) and second in points (93) during his fourth OHL season...Finished second on Sarnia with a plus-12 rating...Tied for the team lead with five short-handed goals and ranked second with 19 power-play goals...Recorded three hat tricks, including two back-to-back on Jan. 13 and 18...Finished the season with points in eight straight games (6g/14a)...Added 10 points (3g/7a) in nine playoff games. 2006-07: In his third OHL season and first with Sarnia, led the team with a plus-21 rating...Finished sixth on the team with 63 points (28g/35a). 2005-2006: Played in 61 games with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors of the OHL, tallying 30 points (17g/13a)...Ranked fifth on the team in goals and third on the team in short-handed strikes (2). 2004-2005: In his rookie season with Toronto, played in 64 regular season games, netting nine points (3g/6a)...Also made his OHL postseason debut, going scoreless in nine games.
Last Season: The 2009-2010 season marked DiBenedetto's first full season with the Sound Tigers. In 67 regular season games, the Mississauga, ON native scored 6 goals and added 8 assists, including the game-winning shootout goal against the Hartford Wolf Pack on 12/26/09.
Last Season: Spent nearly the entire regular season and postseason with the Sarnia Sting, while appearing in 3 postseason games with the Sound Tigers. During those postseason games, he recorded a goal and had 4 penalty minutes. During the regular season, he played in 63 tying his career high in points with 93 (45g/48a). His 45 goals were a career high. He, also, appeared in 5 playoff games with the Sting, tallying 3 assists.
2007-2008: Appeared in 58 games with the Sarnia Sting, posting a career high in assists with 54. In addition, he scored a playoff career high in points with 10 (3g/7a). 2006-2007: In his first season with Sarnia, he scored 28 goals and recorded 46 penalty minutes. 2005-2006: Played for the Toronto St. Michaelâ€™s of the OHL. He played in 61 games, while tallying 30 points. 2004-2005: In his rookie season with Toronto, he played in 64 regular season games, while appearing in 9 postseason games.