Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/5/13
The Rise of Mike Santorelli One of the earliest bright spots of the John Tortorella era to date has been the success of Mike Santorelli. The forward that was at one point seemingly destined for Utica – due mostly to his two-way contract – is now the staple of Vancouver‘s second line and a key cog in the functions of this hockey club as a whole. What has most likely endeared Santorelli to Tortorella and his staff is the multiplicity with which he plays. While the versatility commonly associated with most two-way forwards really is something unto itself, it’s the fact that Santorelli offers the ability to excel in whatever role he is asked to fill that sets him apart. When the Canucks need a checking centre, put him on the third line; and when the team looks sluggish, put him on the first. Rarely does a jack of all trades have the ability to exceed in any one, let alone all. And while he’s now centering the Canucks second line and receiving the most ice-time of his career, the only qu...
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