Reasonable Expectations for 08-09 (Strudwick)

Estimating point totals for Jason Strudwick is pretty easy. The stay-at-home, physical defender will show up more often in other categories, like blocked shots, healthy scratch and 5-for-fighting.

Strudwick can play the wing but is mostly used for defense (making him an ideal candidate to play LW should Jani Rita return).

I think Strudwick will probably play a bigger role than 7D/5L and in fact is a nice option should two of the youngsters struggle (Smid, Jacques) at those positions.

Mostly I’m curious about Strudwick’s ability to become another in a long line of D who’ve shown up on this team with the reputation of being veteran fringe players and blossomed under the tutelage of this coaching group.

Prediction for 08-09: 54gp, 0-3-3 (.056 per game).

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3 Responses to "Reasonable Expectations for 08-09 (Strudwick)"

  1. Bank Shot says:

    Strudwick’s circumstances are a little different then some other reclamation projects I think.

    He’s 32 and never been a regular, and last season he played the easiest minutes out of any regular Ranger.

    I think this leopard’s spots have been well established. He’ll fill the role of designated puncher well enough, and probably be an injury fill in like Harvey/Sanderson before him.

    I predict Strudwick gets next to no time in the latter part of the season, as a couple of the younger players will make moves to seize roster spots.

  2. James says:

    As much as I like Strudwick, I am concerned MacT will overplay him when some of the kids struggle. I hope Strudwick only plays as a injury replacement. I don’t like to see any of Gilbert/Grebs/Smid in the PB for more than a 1 game wake up call. They need to play their way into more responsibility and have a longer leash.

    Look at how well Grebs and Nilsson did last season when allowed some lenience. 2 of our best players in the 2nd half of the season.

    I would hate to see Strudwick get mins at the expense of the young kids. If MacT played Sanderson instead of Nilsson where would we be now?

  3. Master Lok says:

    But MacT didn’t play Sanderson over Nilsson.

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