A third-round pick (No. 65) by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2006 NHL Draft, Strait has a no-frills game and focuses on keeping things simple in his own end. He does not often get noticed, but when he does his job it helps more famous teammates, which have included Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and John Tavares, to thrive.
The left-handed shooting Strait made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh on Feb. 21, 2011 against the Washington Capitals, but it would take more than a year for his name to show up on the score sheet. He got his first NHL point - an assist - as well as his first NHL penalty against the New York Islanders on March 27, 2012, in his eighth League game.