After a playing in over 100 games during a four year long career at The Ohio State University, Tyson Strachan made the jump to the pro-circuit at the end of the 2006-07 season. The Carolina Hurricanes’ fifth round pick from the 2003 draft, got the opportunity to play a game with the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League upon the completion of his senior season with the OSU Buckeyes. The following season he joined the St. Louis Blues organization, after signing there as a free agent during the off season, and split time between the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL and the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL. After a solid season in the ECHL and AHL, the Blues organization felt Strachan was ready for some NHL time during the 2008-09 season and called him up from Peoria to play 30 games for the Blues. During his first partial NHL season, the defenseman from Melfort, Saskatchewan tallied 3 assists and 39 penalty minutes. Strachan returned to Peoria for the majority of the 2009-10 season, helping the defensive core there in addition to racking up 5 goals and 21 assists for the Rivermen. Tyson also picked up 2 assists during the 8 games he played in the NHL for the Blues that season. The next season, Strachan split the season once again between the NHL and AHL appearing in 29 games for the Blues and 13 for the Rivermen.
With 67 NHL Games under his belt, Tyson signed with the Florida Panthers less than 2 weeks after Free Agency started in July of 2011. He got his first chance to play with the Panthers at the end of January when the Florida Panthers defensemen were hurting. In his 15 regular season games with the Panthers he was able to pick up 2 assists in addition to his first NHL goal against the New York Islanders on February 12th. In April, Tyson made his NHL playoff debut, playing around 13 minutes in each of the 2 games he saw action in while he was filling in for an ailing Jason Garrison. After the Panthers were ousted by the New Jersey Devils in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Strachan returned to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL and help his team with their playoff run. During the regular season, Strachan appeared in 50 games for the Rampage and was a key piece to their strong defense. Throughout his 50 games in a Rampage uniform he was able to put the puck past the goal line a total of 3 times and helped teammates do just that 15 times throughout the season. He continued to help the Rampage upon his return from the Panthers during the playoffs, adding another goal and 3 assists during the 7 AHL playoff games he appeared in.
Strachan’s original contract with the Panthers was slated to expire on July 1st of this year, however that will not happen. This winter, while on recall with the Panthers, Tyson agreed to a one year contract extension, signing with the organization through the end of the 2012-13 season.
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