Strait set to make NHL debut
Penguins defensive prospect Brian Strait has been recalled in advance of tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals due to the blockbuster trade of defenseman Alex Goligoski to Dallas for winger James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen.
Strait, a stay at home defenseman out of Boston University, has spent the last two seasons playing for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins of the AHL and has elevated himself to their top defensive pairing. He and defensive partner Robert Bortuzzo have become a great shutdown pairing and great on the penalty kill as well.
It was interesting that Bortuzzo was not called up since he was assumed to be higher on the depth chart for Ray Shero but either choice is a good one.
Strait, a 3rd round pick in 2006, will have his hands full with the skilled forwards of the Washington Capitals. Strait is a very cerebral hockey player so he will not be overwhelmed by the situation. Plus, he will likely be playing with a former teammate in Ben Lovejoy or Deryk Engelland so that will also allow him to get comfortable.
Faceoff Factor is looking forward to seeing Strait in his debut.
Strait was kind enough to grant an interview with FF writer Jesse Marshall back in 2007 which can be read here.