Mark Fraser
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Mark Fraser

Hometown:

Ottawa Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1986-09-28

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2005

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2005

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

Trade with Toronto, 2014

Weight:

210 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2004-05: Fraser fit in well with one of the better defense corps in the league in Kitchener and had a solid rookie debut in the OHL with the Rangers. Fraser really improved his draft status as the season progressed. Fraser only scored eight assists in 58 regular season games, but the majority of his contributions came in the defensive zone. His steady, unspectacular season got him drafted in the third round of the 2005 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils.

2005-06: A first glance at the statistics and one would think the Fraser did not have a great season, but you have to go beyond the numbers to measure the impact Fraser had in his second season with the Kitchener Rangers. After being named team captain, Fraser led by example and was a great team player. He posted a solid +13 rating in 59 games to go along with 129 PIM’s. After the Rangers were eliminated from the OHL playoffs, Fraser suited up for Albany’s final four regular season games. In the off-season, he signed his first pro contract with New Jersey.

2006-07: Mark Fraser had an excellent pro debut, highlighted by a couple of appearances in New Jersey over the course of the season. Fraser appeared in a team high 71 games for Lowell, scoring a goal and eight assists to go along with 73 PIM’s and a -5 rating. Towards the end of the season, Fraser’s defensive play became spotty, however his first year of pro hockey definitely had to be considered a success.

2007-08: Fraser made great strides in his second pro year, often looking like a seasoned vet on the Lowell blueline. He only missed one game this season, suiting up in 79 games, scoring a goal and 17 assists, and posting a respectable -7 rating on a Lowell team that struggled to keep the puck out of the net for most of the season. He was also second on the team in penalty minutes with 96.

2008-09: The -year pro emerged as a leader on the Lowell blueline this year, and was selected as one of Lowell's assistant captains for the season. The tough as nails rearguard had 152 PIM's, 17 points and a respectable -5 rating in 74 games this season.

 

Talent Analysis

Standing at 6'4, and now weighing 210 lbs, Fraser brings a nice blend of size and skating to the table. He is a prototypical stay at home defenseman and is not hesitant to play a physical brand of hockey. He keeps the crease clear, and is tough to play against along the boards. Fraser is by no means an enforcer, but should the situation merit it, he will drop the gloves. He does not possess and abundance of skill and will never be confused as an offensive minded defenseman, but he is a decent puck handler and makes strong outlet passes from his own end of the rink.

 

Future

Fraser was dealt in January of 2014 by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Cameron Abney and Teemu Hartikainen.