Isles Claim Brian Strait
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01-20-2013, 07:44 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Boston, MA
My initial take on Strait, from what I read and what I watched last night, is that he is a much younger and healthier version of Radek Martinek: good for 15-25 points a season, and a solid defender who makes the first pass and can pinch here and there, but doesn't have the supreme vision and poise necessary to be a powerplay defenseman and offensive threat. Also, judging by his non-existant goal scoring his entire career, that will never change, as he does not seem to possess either an accurate or powerful shot to get through on net.
Overall, his potential is a bottom pairing defenseman, similar to Martinek. On this team, he will likely be asked to be our #4 defenseman, though.
Ultimately, he is not the kind of defenseman you build around in today's NHL, so I don't think the Penguins will cry over losing him.
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