In praise of Mike Santorelli, the Canucks’ human Swiss Army knife

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone checks in with his with a Version 2 of the Mike Santorelli nw athlete profile blog. When Mike Santorelli first signed with the Canucks during the off-season he was expected to fight for a spot on Vancouver’s third or fourth line, and yet only six games into the season the Burnaby, BC native seems to have played everywhere up and down the lineup.

The shutdown duo: Jordan Poyer and Rashaad Reynolds

NWSB Insider and Oregon State Beavers football blogger Jon Irwin reports on high flying cornerbacks Jordan Poyer and Rashaad Reynolds. While the Beavers are known for their dominating run defense, the secondary has had to take it’s lumps this season. They rank 59th in the FBS, allowing 236.4 passing yards per game. But despite the stats, that doesn’t take away how good these two players have been for the Beavs.

The explosive duo: Scott Crichton and Dylan Wynn

NWSB Insider and Oregon State Beavers football blogger Jon Irwin reports on explosive defensive ends Scott Crichton and Dylan Wynn. Both players exploded on the scene in 2011 as freshmen (Wynn a true freshman, Crichton a redshirt) and have continued their heavy hitting ways into 2012. With their strengths and weaknesses, these guys work together perfectly.

The dynamic duo: Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks

NWSB Insider and Oregon State Beavers football blogger Jon Irwin reports on the wide receiving corp of Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks. Together, these two average a combined 202.5 receiving yards per game, and equate to 43 percent of the Beavers touchdowns. If there’s a more integral part to Oregon State’s offense, I’d like to see it.

Spotlight: Marshawn Lynch Will Out-Muscle You On Sunday!

NWSB Insider Jason Green tells us Despite the stats Marshawn Lynch has to be considered one of the hardest working running backs in the entire NFL. (Perhaps even the history of the league) Lynch deserves to be a Seattle Seahawk for a very long time.

Who is this Mikael Samuelsson for the Vancouver Canucks?

C-Mac is back and better than ever with his Vancouver Canucks player profile on Mikael Samuelsson. There have been a multitude of Swedes over the years that have played for the Vancouver Canucks. So many players have come to the West Coast from the land of Vikings, that the Canucks dressing room should really be re-christened as ‘Little Stockholm’.

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