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Born October 1, 1988 (1988-10-01) (age 21),
Toronto, ON, CAN
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 111th overall, 2007
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2008 – present

Gianluca "Luca" 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).

He grew up in Maple, Ontario, a suburban community northwest of Toronto.


Playing career

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 Škoula 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.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Mississauga IceDogs OHL 48 5 1 6 25
2005–06 Mississauga IceDogs OHL 32 3 0 3 43
2006–07 Mississauga IceDogs OHL 68 27 38 65 66 5 2 1 3 0
2007–08 Niagara IceDogs OHL 66 51 60 111 107 10 8 9 17 14
2007–08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 19 4 4 8 8
2008–09 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 66 18 27 45 45 12 3 5 8 10
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 1 0 1 4
2008–09 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 3 2 1 3 0
NHL totals 5 1 0 1 4


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