The latest in a series on the top prospects of the Dallas Stars looks at left wing Matt Fraser, a free agent signing.
Fraser, who signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Stars in November, had an impressive final year of junior hockey with the Western Hockey League’s Kootenay Ice. He registered 36 goals and 38 assists in 66 games during the regular season.
In the playoffs he led the WHL playoffs in goal scoring with 17 in 19 games and finished second in points with 27 as the Ice won the league championship.
He had 4 goals in 5 games at the Memorial Cup, tying for the tournament lead and finished tied for second in points with 6 as the Ice finished third among four teams.
“Matt’s had a real good season. He’s a real honest kid, he’s big, he’s got some good two-way attributes and he’s got a nice scoring touch,” said Les Jackson, Dallas Stars Director of Scouting and Player Development. “His team play is awesome, his attitude and his bottom line criteria for team play is awesome. He just comes to play.”
Fraser is 6-2, 218 pounds. He skates well, seems to find those good scoring areas and has a good shot, including an effective one-timer.
“I can skate with the puck and use my body to create space for myself and my linemates,” said Fraser, who turned 21 last month. “I really think speed is the biggest part of my game and when I am skating I feel like I am most effective. When you mix speed with a bigger player you have an opportunity to hit people and, like I said, create space for your linemates and yourself.”
Fraser will embark on his professional career next season, but he’s already had a little taste of the pro life. He played two games for the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL at the end of the 2009-10 season. He also attended Vancouver Canucks prospect and training camp in 2010 and then returned to Kootenay, where he played this past season as one of the three overage players allowed on the roster under WHL rules.
“He’s a kid we’ll put in Austin to see how he goes there,” said Jackson. “But he is definitely an impressive young kid.”
Background on Dallas Stars prospect Matt Fraser