First off, I like to say how much I have enjoyed the play, the effort and the commitment shown by Jason Strudwick. The day the Edmonton Oilers signed him, I wasn't sure how badly we needed him, but he has proved me wrong.
Secondly, I am against MacTavish's idea to play a d man on the 4th forward line, but I think Strudwick has played so well he could push guys like Stortini out of the lineup and a (not the) reason why Liam Reddox is sent down.
Thirdly, his defence play i believe has earned him a top 5 spot atleast on this team perhaps top 4 which would really be a decision Grebeshkov's play would decide.
I hope, Strudwick receive an extension from Tambellini because this is one guy I like to have and see an Oiler for a few more years.
Also, I believe that if the Oilers trade Staois, his presence would be missed but now with Jason Strudwick has played this well, I don't think it will.
If he can continue to improve the way he has been on the LW, he'd be a great addition to the 4th line (on a more permanent basis). He's an energy player and he's got a locker room personality. I like the guy.
Like the guy but he seems more like a band aid solution.
Our 3rd/4th line needs to be rebuilt entirely with younger guys are more consistently physical.
Chris Neil, Colby Armstrong, Chris Gratton, Scottie Upshall, etc. are guys I would be eying.
Next year if he plays D I'm not sure where you put him because Smid will be too old by then to keep yo-yoing him in and out of the press box and you have Peckham and Chorney likely making stronger cases as well.
Strudwick is keeping the 4th line LW enforcer spot warm for MacIntyre. On defense, he's become one of those MacT favs. A coachable guy with not much talent. However....
Theo Peckham is getting a year of seasoninig in Springfield where he looks to be doing very well. He's their leading scoring defender and has had plenty of trips to the sin-bin. His year as at least a part-time NHL'er is next year.
Conclusion: Strudwick is expendable and won't be missed next season.
So does Stortini. And Strudwick has throw out some hits too.
Problem is none of the three of them do it consistently. Mac is the biggest but he also basically renders whatever line he's on ineffective hockey wise because he really can't skate at an NHL level.
Even if all three of them were in the lineup yesterday, I think the Canucks still would've pushed us around physically.
How could anyone tell if MacIntyre can do it consistently when he had only played 10games? In those 10 games, he had 4 fights and won 3 of them. He also through his body around like an energy player is supposed to do.