Yesterday we talked about Reilly Smith, who was one of four Stars included in the trade on July 4th for Rich Peverley and Tyler Seguin. Today we'll look at Matt Fraser, a guy many believe will challenge Jordan Caron, Ryan Spooner and maybe Reilly Smith for that 3rd line winger spot. So let's take a look at what Hockey's Future has to say about him:
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.
Potential: 2nd/3rd line physical, goal-scoring winger, like David Clarkson.
Not a bad analysis, although I feel like HF usually overrated players. Who knows. They currently have him ranked second among Bruins left wing prospects - behind Anthony Camara.
Contract: One year, two way contract at 625,000 then Restricted Free Agent.
Fraser has had success in the AHL. In 135 total games for the Texas Stars, Fraser has scored 70 goals and totaled 101 points. He did play in Dallas this season (12 games) and scored his first career NHL goal.