With the 37th overall pick of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers select from the US National Development Team, Defenseman, Steve Santini.
Potential shut-down defender who takes care of his end with an edge. He is big, strong and effective. Has a hard point shot, and also is very good as a point passer. A smart player who reads and passes the puck well. Committed to Boston College.
Edmonton Oilers 2013 draft:
Round 1 (7): Elias Lindholm
Round 2 (37): Steve Santini
The Colorado Avalanche are proud to select, from Cherepovets...
Colorado is extremely happy to add this winger to our stock of prospects. A guy we had getting taken in the mid to late 1st round, we were pleasantly surprised to find him still available here at #38. He's got some good size and isn't afraid to use it, and his offensive skill will mesh well with the other solid young pieces we already have in our top 9 for years to come. We are very happy to welcome Pavel to the Avalanche.
Stood out in international competitions with his high skill level. Creative player who us fearless in all parts of the offensive zone. A smooth skater who is deceptively quick with his soft hands which allows him to get loose and/or set up linemates. Fearless in traffic and is great in one-on-one. Strong forechecker. The way he beats you is by coming out of a pack with the puck and using his lightning release to wrist it into the net before defensive players can react. As with all the Russian-based prospects, their final draft slottings are entirely tied to whether or not they are committed to crossing the pond and actually attempting to become NHLers.