2006-07: Matt Frattin won AJHL Rookie of the Year honors with 49 goals and 34 assists for 83 points in 58 games, playing the season with the Fort Saskatchewan Traders of the Alberta Junior “A” Hockey League. Frattin was chosen in the fourth round, 99th overall, of the 2007 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
2007-08: This was Frattin’s freshman year with the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (WCHA) and he proved to be a valuable defenseman. He was the only Sioux to appear in all 43 games this season and led all UND rookies in scoring (15 points) and assists (11). He ranked 10th among WCHA freshmen in scoring and ranked sixth on theam and led all Sioux freshmen with a +11 plus/minus rating. He notched a goal and an assist in his collegiate debut in the season opener against Michigan State on Oct. 13. He collected a career-high three assists in a 5-3 win at Minnesota State on Jan. 19, tying the UND season high.
2008-09: Frattin’s sophomore season brought new found production, scoring 13 goals and 12 assists in 42 games.
2009-10: Things were going well for the Alberta native in his third go with North Dakota. He was on pace to smash his previous point totals, with 11 goals and 8 assists in 24 games. Then with his DUI arrest, Frattin was removed from the team and his scholarship revoked.
2010-11: Frattin topped off a personal comeback season by making his NHL debut in the Leafs’ final game after signing a two-year, entry-level contract with Toronto following his senior season at the University of North Dakota. Frattin returned to North Dakota following off-ice problems the previous year and was the Fighting Sioux’s leading scorer and WCHA Player of the Year. Frattin led the nation with 36 goals and had 24 assists as North Dakota won the WCHA regular season and tournament titles and reached the Frozen Four. Frattin finished with a +26 plus/minus in 44 games for the Fighting Sioux.
2011-12: Frattin made the Leafs out of training camp and skated in 56 NHL games in his first season — splitting time between Toronto and their AHL affiliate. He scored 8 goals with 7 assists and was minus-four with 25 penalty minutes; averaging just over 13 minutes of ice time per game with the Leafs. Frattin returned to the AHL Marlies for the AHL playoffs and led the team with 10 playoff goals in 13 games as the Marlies reached the AHL finals. Frattin scored 14 goals with 4 assists in 23 regular season game for the Marlies, who finished first in the North Division. He had 3 assists to go along with his 10 playoff goals and was plus-eight with 6 penalty minutes.
Frattin uses his excellent shot to back defenders off down the wing and shows good hands when opportunities arise in close. Due to a quick, hard release he often catches goalies off guard. He has a squatty build at 6`1 and 206 pounds. He is not afraid to do the dirty work in the corners, but is at his best when posted up in the slot. His added strength over his four NCAA years has strengthened his skating ability. He’s extremely dangerous off the rush and can find ways to jump into open-ice; a snipers trademark.
Frattin is on the move yet again, this time to the Ottawa Senators as part of a 9-player deal. Frattin was dealt by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Senators along with Dion Phaneuf, Casey Bailey, Ryan Rupert, and Cody Donaghey. Coming back to the Leafs are Jared Cowen, Colin Greening, Milan Michalek, Tobias Lindberg, and a draft pick.
Projection: Robust two-way winger with scoring upside.