The Nashville Predators roster logjam at forward was eased a bit when they sent Mike Santorelli to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a conditional fifth round pick at next years NHL Entry Draft.
Santorelli never quite fit into the Predators plans and was probably best remembered for going 3 for 3 in shoot-outs including a game winner on opening night in Dallas against Marty Turco last October.
Here's the official release from the Predators...
NASHVILLE PREDATORS ACQUIRE A CONDITIONAL FIFTH-ROUND PICK FROM FLORIDA- Send forward Michael Santorelli to the Panthers -
Nashville, Tenn. (August 5, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft in exchange for restricted free agent forward Michael Santorelli.
The Predators now have nine selections in next summer’s Entry Draft at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. In addition to Florida’s pick, and seven picks of its own, Nashville acquired a second-round pick from New Jersey in June.
Santorelli was a sixth-round choice of the Predators (178th overall) in the 2004 Draft.
A separate Press Release was sent out by the Milwaukee Admirals where Santorelli was a major part of their team. Here is their release...
MIKE SANTORELLI DEALT TO PANTHERS
Ads Leading Scorer Last Two Years Traded For Fifth Round Pick
Nashville, TN–Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft in exchange for restricted free agent forward Mike Santorelli.
Santorelli has been one of the driving forces behind the Admirals offense in recent years, leading the team in scoring each of the last two seasons and totaling 171 points on 74 goals and 97 assists in 207 career regular season games with Milwaukee. The Vancouver, BC native played 32 games for the Predators over the last two seasons, picking up three points (2g-1a), including his first career NHL goal on October 28, 2009 against Minnesota.
Last season the Northern Michigan alum paced the Ads with 59 points (26g-33a), despite missing 23 games due to recall to Nashville. He was first or second on the Admirals roster in points, goals, assists, plus/minus (+17), power-play goals (6), and game-winning goals (5). He was also a perfect 4-for-4 in shootout attempts and chipped in seven points (3g-4a) in seven post-season games.
His most productive season with Milwaukee came in 2008-09 when he set career highs in goals (27), assists (43), points (70), and power-play goals (12) and led the team in playoff scoring as well with 11 points (6g-5a).
The Admirals kick off the home portion of the 2010-11 campaign on Saturday, October 9 and season tickets for the upcoming season are on sale now for as little as $145. For more information or to order season tickets, fans should call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@mkeadmirals) and on Facebook!
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