“It’s nice to get it done and know you have a job, and it gives you a little more incentive to work harder, so it’s definitely nice to get it done,” Fraser said.
Fraser sparked the Bruins during the Stanley Cup playoffs last spring when he was called up from Providence of the AHL and scored an overtime goal to help Boston to a 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of the second-round series.
After the Bruins lost that series in seven games, Fraser admitted he was playing with a broken right foot. He had surgery to repair the displaced fracture and now he has a permanent plate and six screws in his foot.
Fraser was on the ice Friday for the fourth day of captain’s practice at Ristuccia Arena. Afterward, he said his foot is feeling better and he’ll be 100 percent ready for training camp.
“I haven’t had any problems with it. I took all the precautions with it, took my time,” Fraser said. “I haven’t had any problems, no setbacks.”
Fraser is one of the younger prospects in the organization vying for one of the two open forward positions on the Bruins’ roster. He’s a left wing by nature, but can also play the right side. This summer, he skated with his former junior team and worked on playing right wing.
The Bruins acquired Fraser, along with Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Joe Morrow, from the Dallas Stars in exchange for Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley on July 4, 2013. During the 2013-2014 season, Fraser spent the majority of the season with the P-Bruins, but played 14 regular-season games with Boston, posting two goals.
With a full season of experience in the Bruins organization, Fraser said he’s comfortable now and his goal is to earn a spot on the NHL roster.
“It’s nice to build off and it gives you a little confidence,” Fraser said of last season. “Just to be back a little early gives you a little familiarity around here, just to reacquaint yourself with how everything runs. At the same time, the books are closed on last year and I’m coming into camp and I want to make this team. I feel like I’ve done what I can do in the summer to prepare my body and prepare myself to do that.”