Anton Stralman

Anton Stralman

36-Year-Old DefensemanD
Boston Bruins
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Now 36 years of age and closing in on 1,000 NHL games, Stralman recently completed what would be his only season with the Coyotes in 2021-22. He played 74 games for the club, posting eight goals and 23 points, his highest marks since the 2015-16 campaign with the Lightning. An underrated player who was part of some excellent teams with both Tampa Bay and the Rangers, Stralman signed a professional tryout with the Bruins in late September in hopes of earning a roster spot with the defenseman-needy team. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Bruins in October of 2022.
Hits waivers
DBoston Bruins  Minors
November 28, 2022
Stralman was placed on waivers Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
ANALYSIS
Stralman has been credited with three shots on goal, 10 blocks and 12 hits in eight games with Boston this season. Derek Forbort (finger) is close to a return to the lineup, so Stralman could be on his way to the AHL.
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2022–23 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:22
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:00
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:55
 
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Stralman's first year with the Panthers was exactly what has come to be expected from him -- he had 19 points, 96 blocked shots and 68 hits in 69 contests. The 34-year-old is still a strong defensive presence on the ice, but he's gone four years without surpassing the 30-point mark, and likely won't ever do so again. Nonetheless, Stralman should still land between 15 and 20 points during the 2020-21 campaign while adding a hearty total of blocked shots and a hit per game. He won't see much, if any, power-play time, but he could still snag the occasional shorthanded point to boost his value in formats that count that metric.
Stralman packed his bags and moved across the state to the Panthers this past summer. There, he'll play exactly the same role as he did with the Bolts. Stralman will anchor the top four and log heavy minutes with a defense-first mindset. Long gone are the days of 30-plus points and fantasy value, but Stralman and his low-maintenance approach will be beloved by fans, teammates and new Panther goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
Stralman's offense continued to drop in 2017-18, but he remained a critical part of the Bolts' top-four defenders. He steadily moved guys out of the crease and pucks up the ice. Like teammate Ondrej Palat, he's the epitome of the perfect team guy. No ego. No drama. He has just a single goal and it's shiny and silver. Stralman's only fantasy value lies in shots and hits -- he should top 100 of each. Enjoy his on-ice contribution, but stay away on draft day.
Stralman is a top-pairing defender, but he's not the fantasy type. His offense fell off the map in 2016-17 and he finished with 22 points. It was the second straight season that Stralman's scoring declined. He still uses his body -- he's averaged 104 hits a season over the last three — but without offense, Stralman is just another one-hit wonder who produces in an obscure category. Be glad he's helping keep Andrei Vasilevskiy's crease clear, but don't put him on your fantasy squad.
Stralman is an absolute stud on the blue line. He drives possession, orchestrates plays that deliver goals for his forwards and fires shots. And he is a stud shutdown man in his own zone. Last season ended early for Stralman when he fractured his leg in March, but he returned against Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference finals and played north of 23 minutes by Game 7. Stralman is massively underrated despite being a top-20 or even top-15 NHL defender and doesn't mind one bit. Opponents despise playing against him and the Bolts adore having him. Count on another 35-40 point season of performance for Stralman while toiling in all situations.
Stralman is a low-maintenance, lunch-bucket defender who is one half of what might be the one of the NHL’s most underrated defensive pairings. You don’t have to look any further than the Stanley Cup Finals to see how well he and Victor Hedman smothered (and frustrated) studs like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. But he’s more than just a defensive specialist. Stralman is an elite passer and skater who delivered a career-best nine goals and 30 assists in 2014-15. He had 30 of his 39 points skating alongside Hedman, but his output slipped when Hedman hit the IR. If Hedman can enjoy better health this season, Stralman may be able to top the 40-point plateau this time.
Stralman would be a dream if fantasy hockey pools tracked advanced statistics. He's 27 and will be one of the Bolts' top shutdown defenders for the next four years. As such, he'll be tasked with shadowing the best players the opponents can throw on the ice. Unfortunately, he won't see much power-play time and won't deliver much by way of points, hits, blocked shots, PIMs or shots on goal.
Stralman is a career third-pairing defenseman. In fact that the most goals Stralman has ever compiled in one season was way back in 2009-10 when he netted six and registered 34 points during his first season in Columbus. That said entering the second year of his two-year extension, the Swede could get top-4 minutes if injuries remain a problem on the Rangers blue line but Stralman should not be considered even remotely fantasy relevant.
Stralman will return to Madison Square Garden after signing a two-year, $3.4 million contract as a restriced free agent this past offseason. The 26-year-old Swedish blueliner took a step back in 2011-12 (2 goals, 16 assists) after two solid seasons with Columbus, but he should be able to improve upon those totals in 2012-13 as he will likely be paired with the improving Michael Del Zotto. Stralman won't be someone targeted by fantasy owners in drafts this fall, and rightly so, but he's a player worth keeping an eye on if he can revert to his 2009-10 form that saw him notch 34 points.
Stralman is a proficient skater with good vision, but the Swede has yet to land on the better side of the plus/minus rating in four seasons at the NHL level. As of mid-August, the defender is still looking for work as an unrestricted free agent, though there have been reports that he is drawing interest from several Swedish clubs. If he's still not with a club by draft day, consider adding him on waivers and stashing him with hopes that he'll latch on with an NHL team sooner than later.
Stralman and the Blue Jackets flirted with arbitration in the offseason, but in late July of 2010, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal that will pay him $1.95 million. Now that all contract talk is behind him, we believe Stralman can build off his 34-point campaign from a year ago given the lack of a true #1 power play quarterback on the roster, and improving on last year's minus-17 rating would also be doing his fantasy owners a favor.
Calgary acquired Stralman from the Toronto Maple Leafs during the offseason. He is in a dogfight to make the Flames roster this year. Calgary is loaded on the blue line and Stralman could end up in Abbotsford (AHL) as a result. He is an outstanding skater and moves the puck exceptionally well so don't be surprised if he makes an impact at some point. Stralman will be a solid fantasy defensman in the near future but wait to see how the Flames will use him this season before investing in him. Keeper league owners should have him on their radar by now.
There were points last season when young Stralman was the Leafs best puck-carrying defender. But there were also more than a few growing pains. Then he had an outstanding World Championships tourney and showed us glimpses of future greatness. He might be a risk this season – after all, the Leafs will be bottom feeders. But keeper leaguers should grab this guy – he’s going to be worth 60 points a season before long.
There were points last season when young Stralman was the Leafs best puck-carrying defender. But there were also more than a few growing pains. Then he had an outstanding World Championships tourney and showed us glimpses of future greatness. He might be a risk this season – after all, the Leafs will be bottom feeders. But keeper leaguers should grab this guy – he’s going to be worth 60 points a season before long.
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Sitting out
DBoston Bruins  Minors
October 25, 2022
Stralman (not injury related) is expected to be a healthy scratch Tuesday night against Dallas, NHL.com reports.
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Doubtful for Saturday
DBoston Bruins  Minors
Not Injury Related
October 21, 2022
Stralman (not injury related) is doubtful Saturday against the Wild, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
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Unavailable against Ducks
DBoston Bruins  Minors
Not Injury Related
October 20, 2022
Stralman won't be with the team to face Anaheim on Thursday as he is still dealing with visa issues, Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.
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Off non-roster injured reserve
DBoston Bruins  Minors
October 18, 2022
Stralman (visa issue) has been taken off the non-roster injured reserve list, per the NHL media site.
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Sorting out visa
DBoston Bruins  Minors
Not Injury Related
October 12, 2022
Stralman won't be available versus Washington on Wednesday as he resolves his visa issue, Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.
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