New York Islanders recent waiver-wire acquisition Brain Strait has more than carried his own weight along the blue line, solidifying a spot that the Isles have had a hard time finding any type of consistency out of until this year. There was a substantial amount of criticism directed at Garth Snow for patching up the glaring holes in the roster with waiver acquisitions, but that criticism has been silenced as all but one of those acquisitions have made a marked improvement with the Isles. Brain Strait is no exception. After only six games Snow wasted no time in locking up Strait for a three-year $2.325 deal (via Arthur Staple of Newsday). At only 25 years old, Strait seemed slated to make the Penguins main roster, having played a decent amount of games last year, but he ended up being reassigned to the American Hockey League where he was claimed by the Islanders.