Underdog of the Week: Mike Santorelli

There are many players that can be viewed as underdog players. These players are ones that aren’t stars like Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby, but they still have the right skills that they need to help lift their team. This week’s underdog is found in Vancouver. This is the Underdog of the Week.

Sep 26, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Mike Santorelli (25) has a scoring chance against New York Rangers goaltender Martin Biron (43) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Canucks picked up Mike Santorelli before the season started. He had previously played for the Winnipeg Jets, the Florida Panthers, and the Nashville Predators. The Preds picked him up 178th overall in the 2004 NHL Draft. The 6’ center is a big player, and uses his body to get what he wants. He has played in three games this season, and he was the hero in the win over the Calgary Flames.

Oct 6, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Vancouver Canucks center Mike Santorelli (25) scores a goal past Calgary Flames goalie Joey MacDonald (35) and left wing Jiri Hudler (24) during the overtime period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Vancouver Canucks won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

He netted a goal against the Flames. His third period goal tied the game up at 3. By the end of three periods, the two teams were tied at 4, and they were set to hit overtime. Santorelli had already tied the game, and he figured it was time to break the tie. He was the hero of the game, scoring the overtime winner for the Canucks. These two goals were good, and it helped the team succeed. This isn’t the only thing that caught my eye when choosing an underdog.

If you look closer, it’s actually ridiculous. He had only recorded 2 shots in the whole game. He was 100% on shots taken. He is the kind of player who doesn’t take the shot unless he is almost sure he is going to score. He has only 4 shots recorded this season, and he was 2 for 2 in this game against Calgary. This was the stat that helped me determine who the Underdog of the Week was.

Oct 6, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Vancouver Canucks center Mike Santorelli (25) celebrates his goal with teammates during the overtime period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Vancouver Canucks won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Santorelli isn’t done here. He is going to be showing us all who he is, and that he means business. The Canucks have made good with this player if he can play as well as he has so far. If he continues the way he has played the first few games, this will be another center that they can definitely utilize to the max. Watch this guy for a little bit, he will start to shine. That is why I chose Santorelli as the Underdog of the Week.

Topics: FanSided, NHL, Vancouver Canucks

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