Another trade to report on for the Smoke Eaters, as they've acquired forward Brendan Santini from the AJHL's St. Albert Steel for futures.
The full release is available here.
Santini has played with three different AJHL squads (Olds, Spruce Grove, Calgary Canucks), and put up 18 points so far this season (all with the Calgary Canucks). He was traded to Brooks and then to St. Albert December 1st in a three-team swap, but now is on his way to the West Kootenay and the BCHL to slot in on Trail's top two forward lines. He scored 8 points as a WHL rookie during the 2010-11 season with the Calgary Hitmen.
To me the acquisition is the latest in a line of deals that see Trail get bigger up front, as well as younger. Needless to say Santini could be a big part of this team over the next two-and-a-half years, and I'm excited to see what he'll bring to the table (beginning tomorrow night in Vernon).
Fans in Trail will get their first look at Santini in live game action next Saturday when the Smokies host Nanaimo.
Welcome to Trail Brendan!