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Flyers 2013 Draft Prospect Profile: D Steve Santini

Welcome to the first of 5 installments of Khandyman Sports’ Philadelphia Flyers 2013 Draft Prospect Profiles. Throughout the week, counting down to the draft on Saturday, we will be providing you with the top 5 most probable picks, with the least likely being this very article and the most likely on Friday. Stay tuned all week as we prepare for the upcoming NHL Draft!

                                                                                                                                                                                         

Background

Santini at the All-American Prospects Game (via Getty Images).

Name: Steve Santini

Position: Defenseman (Shoots: Right)

Height: 6’1′

Weight: 208 lbs.

Team: U.S.A National Team Development Program

Accomplishments: Silver Medal at 2013 U18 Tournament for U.S.A

Strengths

Steve Santini is a strong, physical defenseman with above average sating ability. He posses a natural hockey sense which allows him to control play in his own zone. He is very defensively aware, constantly  having his head on a swivel. Santini is very good along the boards as well in front of the net. Very good first pass out of the zone. Posses big shot from the point.

Breakdown

  • Strong and physical
  • Good skater
  • High hockey IQ, especially in the D-Zone
  • Strong along the boards
  • Ties up well in front of the net
  • Good first pass
  • Heavy shot

Weaknesses

Steve Santini still needs to develop his offensive game. He also needs to work on being poised and composed in all 3 zones.

What do the scouts say?

“Patrols the slot area and makes opposing forwards pay for every inch of real estate. Plays with good defensive awareness and an active stick. …Can contribute offensively with a heavy shot …” — Red Line Report

Other Information

  • Committed to Boston College
  • Models his game after Dion Phaneuf

Should the Flyers Draft Him?

Yes, but only if the other four are not available. While Santini will be a good defenseman in the future, the other prospects are far ahead of him. Also, the Flyers are also in more of a need for puck-moving defensemen, while Santini is more of a defensive defenseman.

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