Brian Strait (Claimed by NY Islanders)
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01-30-2013, 03:01 PM
Join Date: Dec 2011
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That is my problem. I really liked Strait, but
I would never state that he will ever be anything more than a 5th or 6th dmen.
But I would rather have him here, with the chance to reach that bottom pairing potential, than Lovejoy.
He's looked pretty good playing top 4 minutes in Long Island. Has averaged over 20 min a night the last 3 games, and his icetime has gone up almost every game. 21:00, 21:44, 18:20, 16:16, 17:04, 15:48.
No he likely wouldn't make our top 4 due to the established guys ahead of him... Who knows what he would have looked like paired with Letang now that Nisky is out (he's proven he can play those minutes in that supporting role with Striet). But there's nothing saying that he wouldn't be just as good as Lovejoy or Engelland on the 3rd pairing.
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