Predators Sign Prospects Santorelli, Laakso, and Grumet-Morris
Jul 2, 2007
Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Mike Santorelli, defenseman Teemu Laakso and goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris. Santorelli, 21 (12/14/85), completed his junior season at Northern Michigan (CCHA) in 2006-07, earning a spot on the 2006-07 RBK Hockey All-American West Team (Second Team) and the All-CCHA First Team. The Vancouver native led the conference in goals (30) and power-play goals (11) and also led the Wildcats in points (30g-17a-47pts) and plus-minus rating (+6). Following the season, the 6-0, 190-pound forward was honored at Northern Michigan with the Gary Emmons Most Valuable Player Award, the Bill Joyce Best Forward Award and the Steve Bozek Plus-Minus Award. Santorelli was originally Nashville’s sixth choice, 178th overall (sixth round), in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. His brother Mark, a forward for the WHL’s Chilliwack Bruins, was drafted by Nashville in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Laakso, 19 (8/27/87), played his second full season in the Finnish Elite League this past year with HIFK Helsinki, registering nine points (3g-6a) and 70 penalty minutes in 50 games. The Tuusula, Finland native also represented his country at the World Junior Championships for the third time. He led the tournament in penalty minutes (52) in 2007 after leading tournament defensemen in goals (3) in a bronze-medal winning effort the year before. The 6-0, 200-pound defenseman was originally Nashville’s second choice, 78th overall (third round), in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He will remain in Finland for the 2007-08 season. Grumet-Morris, 25 (2/28/82), played his second professional season in 2006-07 after a four-year career at Harvard University (ECAC). The 6-2, 198-pound netminder compiled a .926 save percentage and a 2.30 goals-against average in 17 American Hockey League games with Portland, Hamilton and Manitoba and posted an 11-8-3 record with a 2.77 GAA in 23 games with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones. In 2005-06, the Evanston, Ill. native’s first pro season, he backstopped the Laredo Bucks to the Central Hockey League championship. Grumet-Morris was originally Philadelphia’s fourth choice, 161st overall (fifth round), in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Season tickets for the 2007-08 campaign are on sale now and packages start for as little as $135. For more information or to order season tickets fans can call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.