The role of 7th defenseman in the NHL is similar to third catcher in major league baseball. The Expos had a beauty 30+ years ago named Jose Morales who set a pinch-hitting record while not catching, playing first base or the outfield.
Jason Strudwick isn’t going to set any records, but he is a “jack-of-all-trades” type who can play the blue, forward, fight a little and is pretty damn funny based on some anecdotal information that the team sometimes passes down the to fanbase.
- Boxcars: 71gp, 2-7-9 60pims
- Shots: 32
- Plus Minus: -4
- Corsi: -14.8 (worst)
- 5×5/60: 0.61 (worst)
- 5×4/60: 0.00
- GF/GA ON: 25-32
- Quality of competition: dregs
- Quality of pairings: dregs
- Cap Hit (capgeek): .700M
- What do these numbers tell us? Strudwick isn’t going to help like Cory Cross or Igor Ulanov used to and he doesn’t have Scott Ferguson’s future. He’s an end of the roster player playing an extremely small role. The Oilers devoted 900 minutes to Strudwick this past season, one doubts he gets that many in 09-10. His 9 points represent a career high as do the games-played.
- How can these numbers be better? They can’t. Strudwick’s 08-09 season was the outer marker for his career and he’s 34.
- What about injury? I think there’s a chance he’ll be placed on IR this season if Peckham shows well and there’s also a chance he’ll just retire at some point.
- What about a trade? No. Strudwick’s value doesn’t increase with playoffs.
- Will Quinn play him against tough opposition? No.
- How Important is Strudwick to the organization? Not terribly important, but he is the type of player who ends up doing color on TV or is named to the coaching staff midway through the season.
Predictions Past 2008-09
- Predicted: 54gp, 0-3-3 (.056 per game)
- Actual: 71gp, 2-7-9 (.127 per game)
Prediction for 2009-10: 30gp, 0-1-1 (.033 per game)