Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils signed defenseman Steven Santini to a three-year entry-level contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
The contract began with the 2015-16 season and he reported to New Jersey on April 8. He has been assigned no. 38.
Santini, 21, was New Jersey’s first choice (second round), 42nd overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft. He finished his junior season when Boston College (HE) was eliminated from the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four. In 41 games, he scored one goal and 18 assists for 19 points, while totaling 50 penalty minutes and serving as the club’s alternate captain.
Santini was named Hockey East’s Best Defensive Defenseman for the 2015-16 season. He spent three years with the Eagles, where he totaled five goals and 30 assists for 35 points in 98 career games. Additionally, Santini was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie team after his freshman season and represented the United States at the 2014 World Junior Championship. His teammates at B.C. included fellow Devils’ draft picks Miles Wood and J.D. Dudek.
He spent two seasons, 2011-12 and 2012-13, with the United States National Development Program (USHL). In 182 career games, he tallied three goals and 32 assists for 35 points. In 2012-13, he was named Best Defenseman at the Under-18 World Championship.
The 6’2”, 205lb. native of Mahopac, NY was born on March 7, 1995.