Why Matt Fraser Is the Boston Bruins’ Front-Runner for 3rd-Line RW in 2014-15

September 8th, 2014 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »

Three key S’s—shot, size and seasoning—are teaming up to grant Matt Fraser a radiant opportunity for full-time employment with the Boston Bruins.

With a one-year contract renewal last week, the rising fourth-year pro has every requisite element to fill a gaping opening. Barring an unforeseen surprise at training camp or later, he should patrol the right wing on Boston’s third line for his first full NHL season.

Granted, part of Fraser’s favorable circumstance is a modicum of immediate quality competition on the right side. Beyond the top two lines (and this assumes second-liner Reilly Smith re-signs), that position is up in the air going into 2014-15.

Among other candidates to plug the position in question, Jordan Caron is too late and David Pastrnak is too early. Others are simply less proven at one or both of the top two levels on this continent.

But Fraser has patiently paid his dues as an AHL regular and in any given call-up.

Between the Texas Stars and Providence Bruins, he posted 90 goals and 131 points in 179 minor league appearances. He garnered 13 games in Dall ...

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