Bruins Prospect Matt Fraser Is Fighting For Regular NHL Job.


The Boston Bruins have had their troubles this season going 6-6-0 through the first twelve games, as the injury bug seems to be going through the locker room. Most recent the recurring injury to center David Krejci who was scratched from tonights game against the Ottawa Senators. With Krejci being a last minute scratch, the Bruins looked to replace him, and fast. Forward Matt Fraser was that player tonight.

While the Bruins did some line shuffling with the recent new of Krejci, Fraser joined Loui Eriksson, and Carl Soderberg on the third line. With the recent success of the “hard-working” third line of the Bruins lineup, Fraser had some pretty big shoes to fill, and he did not disappoint. The 25 year-old helped the Bruins to a 4-2 win over the 5-3-2 Senators, scoring the only 2 second period goals just 128 seconds apart. Fraser, who has stayed with the Bruins as an extra forward avoided an AHL demotion, but has not skated in a game with the NHL club since October 11th in a 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals.

The 6’-2” left winger from Red Deer Alberta has played very well while in the Bruins organization since being traded from the Dallas Stars back on July 4, 2013 when the Bruins sent talented forward Tyler Seguin and forward Rich Peverley to the Stars for, (F) Loui Eriksson, (F) Fraser, (F) Reilly Smith, and defenseman Joe Morrow. Last season in the American Hockey League, Fraser appeared in 44 games for the Providence Bruins scoring 20 goals, and helping with ten assists.

One very valuable asset to Fraser’s game is his quick release while in stride with the puck. A strong skater through the neutral zone, he has very good vision accepting stretch passes either up the middle, or accepting a pass off the boards. His physical game could be one of legendary stats in the future if he can secure a spot on an NHL roster. He is a player who is not afraid to work hard in the corners or along the boards, and certainly will not back down from standing up for a comrade in need.

Below are just a few tweets the the professional hockey world thinks about Matt Frasers talent.