Anton Stralman plays a lot of minutes for the Rangers.
He averages just under 20 minutes per game, and has only played less than 15 minutes twice this season—once in the season opener, and again when he injured his wrist in a December game against Washington.
And yet, despite the ice time, Stralman doesn't have much to show for it. He has just four points and is minus-nine.
That's quite a contrast from his previous two seasons in New York. In 101 games with the Rangers heading into this season, Stralman had 25 points and was an impressive plus-23. In 30 postseason games, Stralman was plus-two.
So what's happened? He's certainly missed his regular partner, Marc Staal, who has only played in 37 games this year.
But beyond that, Stralman just has a knack for dumb giveaways that lead to goals. Whether it's an errant pass in his own zone, or a bobble of the puck, Stralman seems to be having difficulty making the easy play.
It's a shame, because he had been so good the past two years, and had established himself as a legitimate top-four defenseman.
The Rangers need to hope that Stralman finds his game and becomes steady once again. If not, they will need to search for someone to fill his minutes.