By Kristin Tullo (@K_Tullo)
As a New York native, it’s no surprise that Steve Santini grew up as a fan of the New York Rangers. However, his allegience changed the moment he heard his name echo through the Prudential Center on Sunday evening.
Following the trade of their ninth-overall pick for goaltender Cory Schneider, the Devils used their 42nd and first selection of the 2013 NHL Draft on defenseman Steve Santini from the U.S. National Team Development Program.
” It’s an honor to be drafted by Mr. Lamoriello,” Santini said shortly after putting on the New Jersey Devils crest in front of 50 members of his family and friends. “I really think I’m the type of guy that can fit in here.”
The Devils first showed interest in the blue liner at the combine where Santini believed his interviews went well with the Devils’ contingency. While there was no guarantee of where he would land in the draft, he knew ending up in New Jersey was a “possibility.”
He may have not been a Devils’ fan when h...