National Hockey League Draft Profile Steve Santini
New Jersey (PHO)
12 (42 overall)
Boston College/USA U-18
Notes: Mid-season rankings - 47; Final rankings - 47
2012-13 - USA-18 (USHL) - 56 gp, 13 A, 13 Pts, 42 PTS
Assets: Has excellent size for the NHL game, plus plenty of shutdown upside. Displays enough grit and toughness to enjoy a lengthy professional career. Also owns some two-way acumen. Flaws: His high-end skill isn't on par with a top offensive rearguard, so he will need to maximize his shutdown ability in order to become a prominent blueliner at the highest level. Career Potential: Shutdown defenseman with upside. Editorial supplied by 'The Sports Forecaster'