Mike Santorelli undergoes shoulder surgery, out for season

Santorelli has 10 goals, 18 assists this season. (Getty Images)
Santorelli has 10 goals, 18 assists this season. (Getty Images)

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The Vancouver Canucks announced on Thursday that forward Mike Santorelli underwent shoulder surgery is going to be out for 5-6 months, putting an end to his 2013-14 season.

That's not exactly the type of news they want to hear in Vancouver right now. Santorelli came to his hometown team this summer on a tryout deal and made the team, eventually getting a spot on the top line alongside Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin.

He took the opportunity and ran with it, getting off to a hot start and making the flyer coach John Tortorella and GM Mike Gillis took on him look smart. He has slowed down the offensive production of late but in 49 games he has 10 goals and 18 assists for the Canucks, which puts him fifth on the team in points despite missing six games already.

Santorelli has also been important for the Canucks in shootouts, where they have really struggled. He is 2-for-8 this season on shootout attempts, accounting for 1/3 of Vancouver's goals in the skills competition. The rest of the team is a rather miserable 4-for-29. Their 16.2 shooting percentage with Santorelli in the shootout is the second-worst mark in the NHL this season (New Jersey is just 1-for-25!).

Santorelli, by the way, is an unrestricted free agent after this season.

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