The New Jersey Devils have assigned defenseman Steven Santini to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate the Albany Devils.
Santini, 21, has spent the last few days moving between the two Devils organizations as the NHL club adjusts the roster due to early season injuries.
In his stay with the big club Santini was a healthy scratch and has yet to make his season debut. Last season he suited up for one game in New Jersey where he was held off the scoreboard but ended the game a plus-2 in his NHL debut.
Earlier this season the 6’2” blue liner played in one game for Albany before the roster juggling began.
The Mahopac, New York native was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the second round, 42nd overall, during the 2013 NHL Draft.
Last season Santini made the jump to professional hockey after completing his third season at Boston College. Over the course of his college hockey career he appeared in 98 games and recorded five goals and 30 assists for 35 points while patrolling the blue line. He ended his collegiate play with 122 penalty minutes and was named the 2015-16 NCAA (Hockey East) Best Defensive Defenseman with a career plus-48.
Before joining Boston College Santini spent two seasons with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in Michigan and has represented the USA in four international tournaments since the 2011-12 season, earning two silver medals in those appearances.