A third-time Olympian, Skrastins represented Latvia at the 2002 and 2006 Olympics. His Olympic background dates back to 1992-1993 where he took part in the Olympic Qualifying for the 1994 Olympics; Latvia however, did not advance.
Skrastins is no stranger to playing for his country at the international level -- he has represented Latvia at the World Championships in the C pool (1993), B pool (1994, 1995 and 1996) and A pool (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005) for a total of 10 appearances.
He was Latvia’s leading scorer with six points (3-3-6) in six games at the 2003 World Championship and ranked second among all defensemen with three goals at the 2001 World Championship.
You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.
— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense