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Friday, March 12, 2010

Who to Collect - Luca Caputi

Luca Caputi grew up in Maple, Ontario, a suburban community northwest of Toronto. And just before the Trade Deadline, Caputi became property of the nearby Toronto Maple Leafs in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins. As many scouts know, Caputi has all of the physical tools needed to develop into a power forward at the NHL level. At 6-2, 184 pounds, Caputi scores a lot of his goals from in front of the net and is more than willing to muck it up in the corners.

Luca Caputi began his junior career with the Mississauga IceDogs of the OHL in the 2004–05 season. After his 2006–07 season, Caputi was drafted in the fourth round in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. In his final season with the IceDogs, Caputi found his stride with an amazing 51 goals and 111 points in only 66 games. His 111 points were fourth in league scoring and his 51 goals were third in the OHL. Following his breakout season, Caputi signed a three-year contract with the Penguins. 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 on February 3, 2009, scoring his first NHL goal on his first shift. Now with the Maple Leafs, Caputi is firing on all cylinders as the opportunity to play big minutes on a young team has presented itself. In only 5 games, Caputi has one goal and 3 assists and seems to be clicking with fellow young gun, Viktor Stalberg.

Luca Caputi has cards in some 2008-09 ITG products and rookie cards in most 2009-10 Upper Deck products which are available at Canada Card World.

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