Jason Strudwick ended his NHL career on a high note. He was finally cast in the role he was meant to play - an 8th defenseman and veteran fill-in, and he filled in with aplomb. Limiting his time on ice and his role may have produced his greatest season ever, though measuring up to his previous seasons is not something to crow about. There were no "The Shifts", there was no albatross effect on his teammates -- if I had been a journeyman NHL defenseman, I think this might have been the season I chose to go out on top.
Chance % Team Rank: 10/23
Chance % Def. Rank: 4/8
Diff/60 Team Rank: 10/23
Diff/60% Def. Rank: 4/8
TCF = season total even strength chances for; TCA = season total even strength chances against; SCF = segment even strength chances for; SCA = segment even strength chances against; Segment % = player scoring chance percentage during the season segment; Team Seg % = Oilers team scoring chance percentage during the season segment.
|Game #||TCF||TCA||SCF||SCA||Segment %||Team Seg %|
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His final segment saved his season, just like a number of other Oilers.
|With Strudwick||Without Strudwick||Strudwick Without|
What a way to go out - playing solid, responsible hockey with better partners.