Former Florida Panthers center Mike Santorelli isn’t the first player the Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has claimed off waivers. Santorelli joins James Wright, Grant Clitsome, Anthony Peluso and Antti Miettinen who have all been claimed off waivers.
Santorelli was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the sixth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (178th overall) and is not much of a stand-out player as his stats leave a lot to be desired. He has recorded a total of 58 points (33 goals, 25 assists) in the 198 games he has played during his NHL career. It would appear that he would play a bottom-six role or serve as some type of insurance if injuries come into play for the Jets during the playoffs.
The Panthers also signed defensive prospect Jacob Trouba. Trouba was making quite an impact playing college hockey for the Michigan Wolverines this season recording 29 points as a freshman (12 goals, 17 assists) as well as helped the US win gold in the World Juniors tournament. All of which is quite an accomplishment for such a young defenseman. Trouba was the Jets 2012 first-round draft pick (9th overall).
At first place in the Southeast Division (18-18-2, 38 points), Winnipeg is looking to make an honest effort at a playoff run while adding to the future of the team with this recent acquisition and signing and hoping it will pay off in the end.