Isles Claim Brian Strait
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01-22-2013, 08:37 PM
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He's more of a positional guy than someone who's going step up and thump people like a Witt or an Orpik.
His game relies more on taking away time and space, angling guys off and using his stick to take away passing lanes. I don't know if the Isles have used him on the PK yet, but he's good at deflecting away passes and neutralizing guys in slot by tying up their sticks.
He's a good skater and decent enough with the puck that you won't worry when he has it, but you won't get excited either. He does have a crisp, accurate breakout pass though, and that's likely where he'll get the majority of his points.
There's a lot to like about his game in his own end, but you really need to focus on him to notice most of it.
His offensive game is pretty forgettable, but that's not the role he's playing.
They eased him into the 2nd PK against Tampa Bay. I think you will see him play more on the PK as he gets use to the Islanders system.
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