Canucks' Santorelli puts himself on Torts’ radar 0
Mike Santorelli (left) is having a strong camp and deserves a place on the Canucks regular season roster. (QMI AGENCY)
It's suffice to say that getting noticed by your coach is a solid strategy to landing that roster spot come regular season.
With how Mike Santorelli has been playing, he's well on his way to doing just that.
Signed as a free agent in the summer, the centre has been one of the team's better players in the pre-season. Prior to the Canucks' penultimate pre-season tilt Tuesday in San Jose, Santorelli had two goals and four points in three games.
And following his one-goal, three-shot effort against the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday, which also saw him finish second among the team's forwards in ice-time, coach John Tortorella had nothing but praise for the 25-year-old.
"He's making a pretty good case for himself," Tortorella said. "Give him credit where it's deserved. He came in here trying to make a difference, he was our best-conditioned athlete."
With third- and fourth-line centre spots up for grabs, you have to think the Vancouver native has done enough to earn himself a job with the big club when the season opens for the Canucks on Oct. 3.
"He hasn't tested the waters and he has tried to make a difference," Tortorella added. "He's done a really good job there and deserves what's happening with him."