Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 10/15/13
 Northwest Athlete Profile When Mike Santorelli first signed with the Canucks during the off-season he was expected to fight for a spot on Vancouver’s third or fourth line, and yet only six games into the season the Burnaby, BC native seems to have played everywhere up and down the lineup.  At first the well-conditioned forward shifted to play defence during the pre-season, then he surprised fans by beating out Brad Richardson (who had a solid training camp himself) to start the season on the third line, and now he finds himself alongside the Sedin twins. So how did the one-time 20 goal scorer work his way up to playing with one of the most dangerous pairings in hockey? Hard work, conditioning, and adaptability. “Based on the numbers, he’s our best conditioned athlete coming in here. I think he’s trying to prove a point.” John Tortorella’s pre-season assessment made it clear that the head coach had noticed Santorelli’s effort coming into camp, but no one was ready for the “Santo C...
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