John Tortorella told the Daily News that Stralman reached down and found a few more speeds to play at:
“He’s played better. He’s I think early on, he had one gear, and I think he’s found a couple other gears, both offensively and defensively. He’s played quicker, he’s defended harder, his whole game has gotten to another gear, and for a while he was stuck in just one gear. We’ve asked him to try and get to another and he has, in all aspects of his game.”Stralman is averaging 18 minutes a game and is expected to see more time on the PP.
He is a plus 11 this season and is expected to reach career highs in hits and blocked shots.
Stralman has been a nice pick up for the Rangers, especially at the price of only $900,000. John Tortorella has challenged him to be better, we saw him do it on 24/7 twice, and Stralman has responded nicely. His ability to skate helps him and puts him in a position to play more than someone like Stu Bickel. When Steve Eminger comes back it will give John Tortorella some nice flexibility and hopefully a chance to give Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh a bit of a breather.