The New York Islanders announced today that Brian Strait has been claimed off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Strait, 25, has appeared in 220 American Hockey League games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Boston, MA, native’s career AHL totals include eight goals and 32 assists for 40 points. He’s also accumulated 182 penalty minutes and a plus-46 rating.
Strait has appeared in 12 career NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, collecting one assist and four penalty minutes. The Penguins selected the 6’1, 200-pound defenseman in the third round (65th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft.
Prior to his professional career, Strait played three years of college hockey at Boston University, highlighted by a NCAA National Championship in 2009, his final season with the team. He also spent two seasons with the United States National Development Team in 2004-05 and 2005-06.
On the international stage, Strait played for the U.S. National Team at the 2008 World Junior Championships and the 2006 Under-18 World Championships, winning gold as team captain in 2006.
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