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Fantasy Summary

Physical, big-minute two-way defenseman with a booming slapper that might generate some points.


Observations

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July 2020 – Santini has made the Predators roster when the NHL resumes play in August.  Santini has seen just two NHL games in the Nashville organization since being acquired from New Jersey.  He is a nice add and depth defender to the Nashville roster.  He is defensively responsible and boasts a hard-nosed game should the Predators need to any influx of physicality. Nicholas Kawka

December 2019 – Since being acquired in the summer, Santini has seen the majority of his time in the minors.  The veteran stay at home defender saw early time with the Predators this season and has since been a reliable presence on the Admirals blue line.  He continues to play a physical style and has brought leadership to the early success in Milwaukee in 2019-20. Nicholas Kawka

June 2019 – Santini was traded to the Nashville Predators as part of the P.K. Subban trade.  Chris Wassel

April 2019 – Santini played in nine more games but did not stand out all that much. Every so often, he lets that shot go and one gets encouraged. Sadly, that does not happen often enough. It will be telling what happens this summer. Chris Wassel

March 2019 – Santini kind of is in limbo between being a sixth and seventh defenseman. The blueliner has only played in 30 games with New Jersey. He saw 20 minutes of ice time a game last year but is seeing just 16 a night this year. The numbers show it and the confidence has dipped significantly. Shots are down to one a game. hits and blocks are down, and the offense is down to just three points. He is signed for another two years but at some point, a decision will need to be made with Santini. Chris Wassel

June 2018 – Santini started off the 2017-18 season in the NHL and made a name for himself with huge hit and block numbers, averaging over three hits and two blocks per game. While those numbers made it appear he was playing the role of a shutdown defenseman, his shot metrics were the worst amongst the eight defensemen the Devils had on their roster. With his ability to avoid waivers, he was sent down to Binghamton after only 36 games, which is two fewer games than he played in 2016-17. Santini is an RFA this summer and the Devils already have six defensemen under contract with John Moore as their only UFA. If they re-sign Moore, then Santini will likely find himself, once again, on the bottom of an eight-man totem pole. It will be interesting to watch and see if he accepts a two-way contract or if he is traded at some point during the summer. If he finds his way onto the Devils or any NHL roster he will be a nice asset in leagues that count hits and blocks. Kelly Bowler

May 2017 – Santini played 38 NHL games, registering a reasonable minus-6 on a porous Devils defense. By comparison, top New Jersey rearguards Damon Severson had a minus-31 and Andy Greene a minus-16. A defense-first presence thus far in his young career, Santini proved a valuable peripheral stats source with 35 blocks and 85 hits, averaging 2.2 per contest which tied for 22nd among NHL defensemen playing 35 or more games. – Kevin Wickersham

February 2017 – With recent injuries to Andy Greene and John Moore, Santini has emerged as a valuable member of the Devils’ blueline corps, most frequently paired with fellow AHL call-up Karl Stollery, and Kyle Quincey on the penalty-kill. With two goals and three assists in 14 games, as well as 35 hits and a plus-3 rating in slightly over 15 minutes per game, Santini has displayed aspects of the strong two-way game the Devils hoped to be getting when drafting him. Kevin Wickersham

November 2016 – As have several other Albany Devils in the early part of the 2016-17 campaign, Santini was unfortunately sidelined with an upper-body injury after playing five games, and earning 19 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of minus-2. It looks like we will have to wait a bit longer to get a truer idea of how Santini’s mobile, smart, and the highly heralded defensive game will translate to the AHL and above. Kevin Wickersham

May 2016: The Devils signed Santini to a three-year entry-level contract in April after he played a solid junior season in the NCAA. He played at the World Championship tournament in Russia in which Team USA lost to Russia in the bronze medal game. Santini is an imposing defenseman who can be a physical force, though it wasn’t as much on display in these games. Santini is very solid in his own zone, using his size and reach effectively to take away space from opponents. His awareness is good and he makes safe plays with the puck. He doesn’t have the greatest puck skills; however, Santini does have a solid slap shot with good velocity. He projects to more of a defensive defenseman at the pro level who can provide reliability and toughness from the back end. Marco Bombino

December 2015: Steve Santini has had a pretty good junior year for Boston College. He only has a goal and six points in 16 games but Santini is known for his role as a shutdown, hard-hitting defensemen. He has a plus-nine rating and leads the team in blocked shots with 28. There is a good chance Santini turns pro after this year. Justin Nobre

June 2015 – Santini finished up his sophomore season at Boston College playing only 22 games after sustaining a wrist injury on 10/28. The injury caused Santini to miss 16 games for the Eagles and from playing with Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Junior championship in Toronto-Montreal. Santini played a majority of the season on the Eagles top defensive pairing with top 2015 prospect, Noah Hanifin. The shutdown defenseman finished the season scoring one goal and five assists. Santini will be returning to Boston College for his Junior year as an assistant captain. Justin Nobre

June 2014- Steve Santini was one of 42 players invited to the U.S National Junior Evaluation Camp being held in early August.  Coming fresh off a rock solid freshman season at Boston College where he compiled three goals, eight assists and an impressive 52 penalty minutes in 35 games, he should have no trouble making the team once again.  While there are still questions about his true offensive capabilities, there is little doubt of his physically imposing defensive game.   Michael Riggi

July 2013 – The New Jersey Devils took Santini with the 42nd pick in the 2013 draft. Santini is committed to perennial NCAA power Boston College for the 2013-14 season. The Eagles have a history of producing NHL caliber players, so this is a good spot for Santini to learn and grow. Santini already owns good instincts and positioning in the defensive zone. At B.C. he will look to polish that and add to his modest offensive game. Rex Doty

December 2012 – Santini is a steady and solid body that plays well defensively and likes to dish out big hits on occasion. He makes good first, outlet passes and tough get by on one-on-one situations. Many people liked his performance at USA Hockey’s All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo as he was active and chipped in on the offense with an assist. Russ Bitely

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 2.5
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth March 7, 1995
Height 6‘2”
Weight 207 lbs
Drafted 2013 Round 2; Overall: 42

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 New York Jr. Rangers QC Int PW- - -- -|        
 2009-2010 Brewster Bulldogs EmJHL17 1 56 42|        
 2010-2011 New York Apple Core EJHL44 3 1417 26|Playoffs5 0 11
 2011-2012 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL36 1 45 41|Playoffs2 0 11
  U.S. National U17 TeamUSDP55 2 810 69|        
  USA U17WHC-175 1 01 16|        
 2012-2013 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL25 0 55 6|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP66 0 1515 44|        
  USA U18WJC-187 0 00 0|        
 2013-2014 Boston CollegeNCAA35 3 811 52|        
  USA U20WJC-205 1 01 4|        
 2014-2015 Boston CollegeNCAA22 1 45 20|        
 2015-2016 Boston CollegeNCAA41 1 1819 50|        
  New Jersey DevilsNHL1 0 00 2|        
  USAWC10 0 00 2|        
 2016-2017 New Jersey DevilsNHL38 2 57 14|        
  Albany DevilsAHL20 0 22 35|Playoffs4 0 22
 2017-2018 New Jersey DevilsNHL36 2 810 21|        
  Binghamton DevilsAHL27 3 36 8|        
 2018-2019 New Jersey DevilsNHL39 1 34 16|        
  Binghamton DevilsAHL3 0 00 0|        
 2019-2020 Nashville PredatorsNHL2 0 00 2|        
  Milwaukee AdmiralsAHL54 2 1012 39|        

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