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Santorelli switches Swedish squads

Mark Santorelli of Burnaby has signed to play with Vasteras after being released by another Swedish team, Tingsryd where he had scored four goals and nine assists in 34 games.

Santorelli, who was the captain in Tingsryd, will be reunited with former Tingsryd head coach, Joakim Fagervall.

He scored 11 goals and 35 points in 48 games last year, his first in Europe after four years in the Nashville organization. The Predators picked him in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL entry draft. He led the Western Hockey League in scoring with 101 points in 2007-08. The Burnaby Winter Club product was also on the Canadian junior A champion Burnaby Express squad of 2005-06.

Santorelli’s older brother Mike was placed on waivers by the Florida Panthers last week, but still made the NHL club. He played more than 13 minutes in Saturday’s season opening 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, although he picked up no points and was a minus-1.

Mike Santorelli was a sixth round selection of the Predators in 2004, and has played 175 NHL games for Nashville and Florida scoring 31 goals and 55 points.

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