General Manager Warren Rychel has added a veteran defensive presence in overager Eric Diodati.
The 6'1, 187-pounder was acquired earlier today from the Mississauga Steelheads, in exchange for Windsor's 6th Round pick in 2016.
Diodati, 20, played in 110 games for Mississauga during two-plus seasons, recording four goals and 21 assists along with 67 penalty minutes.
“We're pleased to add Eric to our blueline,” Rychel said. “With the loss of Pat Sieloff to the pro ranks, we were looking for an experienced defenceman that could step in and solidify our back end. Eric will do that and we think he will be a very nice addition to our group.”
Diodati was off to a solid start at both ends of the ice with the Steelheads this season, posting a goal and four assists with a +3 rating in four games.
He says he's very happy to get a change of scenery.
"I'm looking forward to playing in a great hockey market with a dedicated fan base like Windsor," Diodati said when reached in Mississauga.
Diodati describes himself as a player that can thrive in all situations.
"I can play the power play, the penalty kill, 5-on-5, 4-on-4. You put me out there, and I'll play."
He will join the Spitfires immediately and is expected to be in the lineup on Thursday when the club welcomes the Plymouth Whalers.
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