Anton Stralman has been a revelation (Appreciation thread)
Last year was the year of the appreciation thread - we haven't had that many this year, and I think this guy deserves the thread.
Stralman continues to impress me every single time he plays. The transformation he's gone through has been astounding. He's playing a smart, effective game, now. Great find by Sather and co. Been a big reason why this team's defense is so good.
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He's been great, no question. I've felt that it was dubious that we needed to add to our D to begin with, but with every game he plays - especially recently - it's becoming clear to me that he's filled the hole. With Eminger back and with Sauer potentially back before the playoffs (not to mention serviceable depth from Woywitka, Bickel and Erixon), I no longer see the need for the trade to acquire a vet D that has been discussed.
The great thing that no one's discussed? He's an RFA. We picked him up off the scrap heap and he actually has the potential to contribute for years to come - either on the roster or as an asset.
Yup. Would be a pain to play against him as a Devil, good thing their defense was too deep to accept him.
He wouldn't be this good with the Debbies. No way in hell could they get him to play like this. This is the best he's ever looked over his career. By far.
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Agreed with Jon too. Torts does a great job with the Dmen.
I would also credit the team's mentality as a whole. I don't think it's possible to play for the Rangers and not give it your all every shift. I wouldn't want to have to look Cally and co. in the eyes after a game, knowing I didn't work my hardest.
I think one of the problems with him in the past (he was always talented) is that he sort of played token defence. That is, he put in the minimum requirement. Now that he's working harder, you can see his hockey IQ shine through as well. I've seen him plenty of times noticing an open player at the side of the net, and slide over on his stomach with a stick out so fast that the player there doesn't have time to do anything constructive with the puck. I believe that in years past, he would have sort of stuck his stick out there and hope for the best.
(Note: I could be wrong about my assessment, I haven't seen him a lot. Though when I saw him it seemed to me like I guy who didn't try his hardest to defend.)
This is an example of how it's just so important to have good coaching and development within the organization. This is a guy who was outcast from the worst team in the league and the team with the worst GAA in the Western Conference by far this season. At first you say, "they really could've used Stralman." And then you realize that even if they still had him, they wouldn't have molded him into what we see every game. Columbus development of defensemen has been notoriously bad for years.
Stralman's potential was always there. Good on him to be receptive to coaching and for his hard work. Great on the coaching staff to bring out his best.
I was thrilled when they picked him up, and he hasn't disappointed. He has been a great addition. He's solid, he plays with a bit of an edge. He isn't afraid of going into dirty areas. Very nice passer.
He played for **** teams and didn't excel in the past. I think when the Rangers add another skill player up front, and hopefully open up their game just a tad, Stralman will become even more impressive. His offensive game will show more.
Really liking this guy. Would love to see him have more time on the powerplay because he can shoot, and we need better shots from the point.
Definitely. I just don't understand Torts on that one. Strålman has been great with us yet we don't even use him where he has played best in the past. Instead Girrardi gets PP time when that's not his strength and he could use a little rest anyway.