This is the 17th post in my three paragraph player reviews series. You can read what I’ve previously had to say about Eric Neilson (who has been re-signed!), Cedric Paquette, and Mike Angelidis by visiting those links, as I won’t be doing any of these “reviews” for them.
Previous players reviewed in this series:
Adam Erne | Artem Sergeev | Brett Connolly | Dmitry Korobov | Henri Ikonen | Joel Vermin | Jonathan Marchessault | Luke Witkowski | Nikita Nesterov | Tanner Richard | Vladislav Namestnikov | Yanni Gourde | Dalton Smith | Drew Olson | Evan Rankin | Geoff Walker | JP Cote | Joey Mormina
Syracuse Crunch forward Jon DiSalvatore was a piece of the turn around the team saw at the end of the season. When he was signed by Tampa Bay on December 16th, fans weren’t quite sure what they were getting in him. As the season wore on, it became evident that DiSalvatore had taken on a leadership role in the locker room and that he was quietly building up points.
DiSalvatore played in 46 games for the Crunch this year. He amassed 28 points (11g, 17a) in those games, which was two less points than what Evan Rankin managed to score in the 62 games he had. Three of his 11 goals were power play markers.
DiSalvatore recently admitted to Dan D’Uva during the Shootout Show that playing in Syracuse for the second-half of the season had breathed new life into his hockey career and his love of the game. Before Tampa Bay brought him on, DiSalvatore was starting to look into other careers and was reluctantly facing down the dreaded “life after hockey” time period. That contract for the rest of the season gave him new hope that he could continue playing, and he said enthusiastically that he’d love to be back here playing hockey next season.
DiSalvatore was sidelined by an upper-body procedure at the end of the season, but was spotted by some Crunch fans behind the bench in a suit at Syracuse’s last game in Hamilton. He had this clear “leadership role” thing about him. I hope that his presence that night is a good indication that Tampa will re-sign him next season.