Strachan played his rookie season at Ohio State University in 2003-04, where he amassed seven points (two goals, five assists) in 30 games played. He saw playing time with top offensive defenseman Doug Andress and senior defenseman Reed Whiting.
Prior to OSU, Strachan played for the Vernon Vipers (BCHL) where he amassed 28 points (six goals, 22 assists) in 56 games played during the 2002-03 Season. He was named Vernon’s Rookie of the Year. He participated in the 2002 Air Canada Cup Regional and National Championship.
2006-07 Season: After battling injuries in his first three seasons, Tyson Strachan capped his four-year career at Ohio State with his best single season performance. He appeared in 35 games as a dominant force on the Buckeyes blueline. Strachan’s career-best 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) bettered his total point production in his previous three seasons combined. His efforts earned him the team’s Most Improved Player at season’s end.
Talent AnalysisStrachan is a defensive defenseman with excellent size. He is a very good skater and is quite mobile. He possesses good puck-handling skills and makes very good outlet passes. One outstanding attribute that Strachan possesses is his blisteringly hard shot. He has shown an ability to join in the offensive rush as well. He uses his great size and his long reach quite well, particularly when clearing the front of the net. He can deliver good, hard checks and doesn’t shy away from the physical aspects of the game. He is also a hard worker. An area where Strachan could stand to improve in is shooting the puck more.
Update: One area where Strachan vastly improved in his senior season was in his offensive game, particularly in the second half of the season. His willingness to shoot more and better decisions with the puck has contributed greatly to his improved offensive numbers. Strachan also saw time on the Ohio State power play.
Strachan will begin his pro career in the ECHL.