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05-09-2013, 05:34 AM
Join Date: Apr 2004
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He was great last year as well. When we signed Woywitka and Stralman, nobody could have thought Stralman making a huge impact the way he did
Stralman had an excellent career in Europe before coming to the NHL. He was definitely even more highly regarded than say Oscar Lindberg. Strålman was one of the top Ds in the SEL and played really well in a couple (?) of WCHs.
It was not easy for him to come to Toronto. They had like 5-6 vet Ds (the likes of McCabe, Kaberle, Kubina, Gill) and was a mess on the ice. He had little or no chance at getting PP time and was in a bad environment in general.
Then he went to another team that was one of the worst in the league (and got to play alot) and did score 34 pts in 72 games which is really good (he was clearly the NR 1 D for his team in the NHL for a full year), but CBJ was of course a mess...
In the end, Strålman falls a little short of being able to run, and score on a, PP. He was able to do that in Europe, but not in the NHL. IF he could run a PP, he would be a NR 1 D on a bottom 15 team in this league, I believe.
He is definitely no project we picked out of nowhere who all of a sudden learned to play, BUT what we have done is been able to adjust him, and put him in a role, where it makes sense to carry a offensive index D who isn't expected to score. That is not easy and Torts deserves cred for it for sure.
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