Jeff Frazee
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Jeff Frazee

Hometown:

Burnsville Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1987-05-13

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2005

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2005

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

2nd round (38th overall), 2005

Weight:

184 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2004-05: Jeff Frazee played the 2004-05 season with the development program’s U-18 squad. He played 32 games and posted a 22-7-0 record, with five of the wins being shutouts. His 2.29 goals-against average and .927 save percentage were both single season records. He also backstopped the U.S. National team at the Five Nations Tournament, the Four Nations Tournament, and the 2005 IIHF World U-18 Championship, all of whom were gold medal-winning squads. Frazee capped off his steallar season being selected by the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the 2005 NHL draft.

2005-06: As a freshman at the University of Minnesota, Frazee backed up starter Kellen Briggs and as a result saw limited action between the pipes for the Golden Gophers. In 12 games (6-3-2), Frazee finished with a respectable 2.36 goals against average, .910 save percentage and recorded a pair of shutouts. He also represented Team USA at the World Junior Championships in December as a backup, and recorded a victory in his only start of the tournament.

2006-07: Frazee really began to emerge as a force to be reckoned with on the Minnesota Golden Gophers roster, particularly away from Mariucci Arena this season. He continued to split time in goal with senior Kellen Briggs. Frazee posted a 14-3-1 record that included one shutout in 20 appearances this season. One of Frazee’s best outings came back on Jan. 13 when he posted a 30-save, 1-0 shutout win at Wisconsin. He also turned in a strong performance in Minnesota’s 3-2 overtime win against archrival North Dakota in the WCHA Broadmoor Cup Championship game back on Mar. 17.

2007-08: Hoping to build off a fantastic junior season, Frazee's season was plagued by inconsistent play and a lack of focus, and it ultimately cost him his job as the Golden Gophers starting goaltender to freshman Alex Kangas. The lowest point for him came back on Jan. 12 versus St. Cloud State. In that contest, Frazee let in a soft goal, but what eventually led to his demise in the game, was a shot taken  just as the period was about to end that Frazee made a lackadaisical effort to stop. It went through his legs and into the net. Had it not been for an off-sides call, the goal would've counted. As a result, Frazee did not see another minute of ice time the rest of the season. 

The Devils almost had no choice but sign Frazee over the summer because of how his season ended in Minnesota, and they hope the change of scenery, plus a fresh start will benefit him. He may back up Scott Clemmensen in the AHL this season.

Read Hockey's Future's November 2005 interview with Frazee here.

2008-09: After starting the season in the ECHL with Trenton, Frazee was summoned to Lowell to replace Scott Clemmensen, who was needed in New Jersey after Martin Brodeur's injury. Frazee started slow, but once he got going, he couldn't be stopped. He broke a handful of team records, including wins (28), shutouts (4), games played (58) and minutes played (3407). The Devils lone AHL All-Star representative posted a 2.62 goal against average and a sparkling .920 save percentage.

2009-10: In a backup role to McKenna, Frazee would get 31 starts and post a 2.80 GAA and .910 save percentage.

2010-11: Frazee split time with veteran Mike McKenna in goal for Albany in his third AHL season. Playing for a Devils team that was last in the East Division and had the fewest points in the AHL, Frazee finished with an 11-18 record and had two shutouts with a 2.90 GAA and .902 save percentage. Despite the team struggles, due partially to several prospects being re-called to New Jersey during the year, Frazee was rewarded by New Jersey with a two-year contract in July 2011.

2011-12: Frazee returned to the Albany Devils for his fourth AHL season; splitting time with rookie Keith Kinkaid. He appeared in 36 games and was 12-21, with two of the losses coming in overtime. He had two shutouts and his 2.67 goals against and .906 save percentage were a slight improvement over the previous season. Albany missed the playoffs for the second straight year; finishing last in the Northeast Division.

 

Talent Analysis

Frazee has average, but good enough size for the position. He is an athletic goaltender who covers a lot of ground due to his outstanding flexibility. While his development has stalled somewhat due to an inability to stay healthy and get into a rhythm of playing regularly, his game reading skills, calmness under siege and puck handling skills have all shown improvement since turning pro after his junior season at the University of Minnesota. The biggest knock against Frazee right now is consistency, which ties hand in hand with him being prone to injury.

 

Future

Frazee is playing for the Albany Devils for the 2012-13 season.

 

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