Thread: Player Discussion: Anton Strålman
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05-19-2013, 10:25 PM
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Originally Posted by JCresty View Post

Our pickup from nowhere coming away from Columbus and not extremely well known to the fan base. In a year that started slow and picked up along the way to become one of the most successful year in over a decade, Mr.Strålman provided solid defense presence to our bottom pairings with his experience and straight forward and uncomplicated defensive play. Playing 53 games last year and 44 this year, his presence has been known more often for his solid defensive play and opportunistic offensive skills than defensive lapses and liabilities. When a 4-6th defenseman goes through dozens of games without being mentioned despite playing 17-21 minutes a game, it's a testament to the consistency of play. The emergence of McDonagh as an elite defenseman, Dan Girardi as a shutdown defenseman dominating in minutes and blocked shots and the pedigree of Marc Staal and even the ever mysterious orb of swagger that is Michael Del Zotto, Anton Strålman has taken a back seat in the discussion and praise of NYR fans and on HFNYR.

At the age of 26, Stralman can become a part of our core for years to come given his solid play and the lack of pedigree which should be a upside to Slats' bargaining. Of the player discussions we have ranging between Michael Haley, Stu Bickel, Marian Gaborik, Taylor Pyatt and JT Miller, there is an absence of our of resident Swede on defense. In short, Anton Strålman everybody.
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