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Peter DiLiberatore Traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins

#ECHL | With all the action of the NHL trade deadline, the tremors can be felt down in the East Coast. @FPHGhostPirates breaks down how a deal at the highest level affects the @SavGhostPirates roster

Peter DiLiberatore Traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins

Savannah, GA – It is not uncommon for the NHL trade deadline to, at times, bleed down into the ECHL. As teams at the national level scramble to put together trade packages, they may begin dipping further into their prospect pools to help sweeten those deals. That was just the case for the Savannah Ghost Pirates who saw defenseman Peter DiLiberatore sent to the Pittsburgh Penguins by the Vegas Golden Knight organization. 

As a prospect DiLiberatore, who was a sixth round #180 overall draft pick by Vegas in 2018, tends to take on the more defensively responsible side of his pairings. He is a good compliment to his offensive counterparts, as well as one of the first to put his body in front of a puck. On the offensive side of his game; DiLiberatore’s upside is minimal. However, his ability to command the blue line can lead to a solid yearly assist count. In his current season DiLiberatore has 6 assists total, but in 53 games played at the AHL level last year he had a career high 20 points which included 3 goals and 17 assists.

This is DiLiberatore’s third season in professional hockey; spending most of his career with the Henderson Silver Knights of the AHL. This season he has split his time practically down the middle between Henderson ( 22 games) and Savannah (18 games). 

It was reported by the Penguins that DiLiberatore is expected to report to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and it will be interesting to see how they view DiLiberatore in terms of a future prospect as he is only signed through the 22-23 season. 

This move was similar to a trade completed by the Leafs earlier in the week which packaged Pavel Gogolev, of the Newfoundland Growlers, with various other pieces headed towards the Chicago Blackhawks. Like DiLiberatore, Gogolev reported to his new club’s AHL affiliate (the Rockford Icehogs). The only glaring difference between the two trades for these prospects is that Gogolev’s contract holds a bit more control as it runs through until the 23-24 season. 

The current defensive depth remaining for Savannah, after this trade went through, is as follows: Tristan Thompson, Brandon Estes, Elijah Vilio, Nick Tuzzolino, Darian Skeoch, Connor Corcoran, Jeremy Masella, and Sacha Roy. Masella was recently acquired in a trade with the Kalamazoo Wings; while Roy was just signed for his second stint with the Ghost Pirates this season. With Skeoch currently on injured reserve, and Tuzzolino on team reserve, it is worth keeping an eye on if any changes may happen with Savannah’s defensive core in the near future.

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