Thomas Di Pauli didn't get the start he wanted this season.
12 games in, creeping into mid-November, the left-winger still didn't have any goals. He only had two assists -- the lone assist on an empty net goal and an assist on an Adam Johnson goal back in October. Those aren't exactly numbers to fawn over.
That's not to say Di Pauli was playing poorly. He wasn't. The 24-year-old forward was flying up and down the ice, using his speed, making plays, and playing the hard, gritty game he's known for. Whether he wasn't getting the bounces or running into hot goaltenders, points weren't come his way.