Strachan, 29, had two assists in 18 games last season with the Washington Capitals. He spent most of the season with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, where he had four goals and 19 points in 60 games.
A fifth-round pick (No. 137) of the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2003 NHL Draft, Strachan has one goal and 15 points in 138 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers and Capitals. He has one assist in two Stanley Cup Playoff games, with the Panthers in 2012.
The old saying in hockey is 'weather the storm.' I put the notion in their heads that we don't want to weather the storm, we want to push just as hard and matched their work ethic. I thought our guys exceeded that in the first period.
— Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins after their loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday