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06-08-2013, 12:20 AM
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There is one player I have come up with an obsession over his play to a point that if we miss him I would consider our draft a failure on my part (I know that we will see with hindsight) and that player is Steven Santini.

So let's call my next post the ''Santini Case'':

1st- assessment of our current defensive core at RD.

We clearly have our puck moving, skilled, and norris candidate set up for another decade(hopefully) in PK Subban.

Raphael Diaz (Another puck moving defenseman but less skilled and physical than subban. Should stick another year.)

Yannick Weber (On the way out or soon to be. He is at this point considered a PP specialist as he has an hard time competing with NHL players defensively.)

(big gap)

Morgan Ellis, Darren Dietz and Dalton Thrower (I put them all together but altough all of them have potential to become solid two way defender they are still a couple years away and their play in the AHL in the next 2 years should give us a better picture.)

Magnus Nygren (Pure offensive defenseman, PP Specialist, we'll see how he play in the AHL next year)

Other: Pateryn , Didier, Sullivan (all of them are longshot for the NHL)

2nd - Steven Santini scouting report and potential.

When I watched him play(u 18) I saw a dominant defenseman. Amazing mobility on every sense of the term: (Backward, forward, laterally, powerfull stride, can stop and go on a dime.)

Defensive acument, always have stick in place to cover pass lane, can punish you if you try to beat him outside, very strong and look bigger than his actual size (6'1.5). He is basically the ultimate shut down defenseman. He is so good that I would even put the Ryan Suter tag on him with the way he handled things in his zone.

Offensive side argument: I've read report that he is lacking offensive sense which is pretty accurate as far as offensive defenseman running a PP. But is transition game is excellent, always moving the puck, never have his foot in stand still, can cover ground on his own and he delivers pin-point pass on the tape. I don't see it become a weakness as far as his NHL potential go : (see Ryan McDonagh).

What it means for us: With our current RD prospects and PK Subban around we should have the offensive defenseman side pretty much cleared for a while which is an amazing thing to do. But we are clearly lacking another top 4 minute defenseman that can shut-down opposition and make our team better and harder to play at 5 on 5. If we get Santini (which is set to become a top defenseman at a good developping program in Boston College next year) we would definately set our franchise for a very long time.

Final taste:
Santini play reminds me Jacob Trouba but without the offensive numbers. We can consider ourself ''lucky'' that most team are looking for puck moving defenseman. That would probably make him available with one of our pick (ideally 2nd round pick 34th and 36th) but I wouldn't be dissapointed if we even selected him with our 1st round pick (25th).

(If somehow we manage to select Steven Santini with any of our picks, you will see me jumping around and drinking a beer as I would be so happy. Make it happen TT )

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