Boston College junior defenseman Steve Santini has given up his final year of eligibility to sign with the New Jersey Devils following the Eagles' Frozen Four semifinal loss to Quinnipiac on Thursday. The Devils selected Santini in the second round 42nd overall at the 2013 NHL Draft.
Santini was a rugged defensive defenseman that captained the Eagles this season, while also contributing 1-18-19 in 41 games for the Eagles. He was also among team leaders with a +24 +/- rating on the season.
We ranked Santini as the fourth-best NHL prospect in the NCAA this past season:
Santini signed a three-year deal with the Devils, but will burn the first year of that contract this year by reporting immediately to the Devils.