Matt Fraser
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Matt Fraser

Hometown:

Red Deer Alberta, Canada

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-05-20

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Trade with Dallas, 2013

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: In his first full season with the Kootenay Ice(WHL), Matt Fraser played in 63 games, scoring 10 goals and adding 14 assists. He also picked up 123 PIMs. In the playoffs, Fraser notched 2 assists in 4 games.

2009-10: Fraser played in 65 games with the Kootenay Ice(WHL), scoring 32 goals and adding 25 assists. The power forward added 117 PIMs. In the playoffs, Fraser appeared in 6 games, scoring just once and adding another single assist.

2010-11: Fraser earned an entry-level contract early in his overage campaign with Kootenay.  Fraser notched a career best 36 tallies in 66 games for the team lead.  He was also one of just three Kootenay players to crack the century mark in penalty minutes.  Fraser’s scoring exploits didn’t stop at the regular season’s conclusion though.  He went on to lead the WHL in playoff goals with 15 in 18 games as Kootenay was crowned WHL champions.  He tallied four goals and six points (both team bests) in the Memorial Cup.

2011-12: Fraser made his NHL debut with Dallas in his first pro season – recording a shot on goal in four minutes of ice time in a January game against Anaheim. He was the leading goal scorer for Stars AHL affiliate Texas, scoring 37 goals with 18 assists in 73 games, and was minus-13 with 45 penalty minutes. The Texas Stars missed the AHL playoffs; finishing last in the West Division.

2012-13: Fraser skated in 12 games during three stints with Dallas in his second pro season; spending most of the year with Dallas's AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars. Re-called in late February for a pair of games and then called up for a single game in March before finishing the season with Dallas in April, he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was an even plus/minus while averaging 11:47 minutes of ice time. Fraser led Texas with 33 goals and had 13 assists with a +13 plus/minus and 26 penalty minutes in 62 games. Texas finished first in the South Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Fraser scored 2 goals and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in nine AHL playoff games. He was obtained by Boston as part of the multi-player trade involving Tyler Seguin and Loui Eriksson in July, 2013.

 

Talent Analysis

Fraser is one tough customer.  He can dish out hits aplenty in open ice and along the boards, he’s willing to take responsibility for his actions or stand up for his teammates by way of fisticuffs and he won’t back down from anyone.  He has a big shot with a pretty quick release.  Has a good frame for his bang-and-crash style.  A solid skater that is still learning the defensive side of the game and has lots of room for improvement.  He comes to the rink ready to play every night and is even more of a warrior in the playoffs.  Can be a valuable physical presence with the ability to finish off plays from the wing.

 

Future

Fraser is expected to compete for a spot with the Boston Bruins during training camp. He could be used as a third line forward with Boston if he sticks with the team out of camp for the 2013-14 season. He has top-six upside, but will likely be used in a top-nine capacity considering Boston’s depth.

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