Many people are aware of the arrival of Loui Eriksson and now have some knowledge about him as a player. However, few people know that the leading AHL scorer from last season, Matt Fraser, was involved in the deal as well which will bring him to the Boston Bruins for next season. The 23-year old winger just was squeaking into the NHL when the Dallas Stars‘ season ended. Now Fraser will be looking to do the same in Boston and earn a spot with the Bruins.
Matt Fraser took the AHL by storm last year with the Texas Stars notching 55 points and 37 goals in 72 games with them which led him to become the top AHL goal scorer for the year. In addition, he played 12 games with the Dallas Stars during that period with a total of three points. His talent is there, but his size is impressive too. He is already over 200 pounds and stands at a height of 6-foot-2. He is not afraid of shoving his body around either with hard checks and willingness to drop the gloves if necessary. He draws some similarities from a David Clarkson type given his scoring and physical nature. But one that comes a lot cheaper now that he is within the Bruins system.
Fraser will be competing with other young winger for a spot on the Bruins third line that is still up for grabs. Unfortunately, that appears the only chance of making the squad this year for the up and coming developing player. He will likely begin the season with the Providence Bruins if suspicions about the Bruins bringing in someone of the free agent market appear true. However, that may all change by the time training camp rolls around in a matter of weeks. His talent level is high and he continues to grow into a solid hockey player that the Bruins will not be able to ignore for too much longer. Expect to see some doses of him throughout the season, especially if injuries occur, to develop his game with the older guys.
Tim Nikolouzos is a Boston Bruins writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @timnikolou