The Devils have recalled defenseman Mark Fraser from Albany (AHL), President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello announced today.
Fraser, 28, has one goal and two assists in 18 games with the A-Devils this season. He’s expected to make his first appearance as a Devil since 2011 when Philadelphia visits Prudential Center tonight.
The Devils are shorthanded on defense because of injuries to Peter Harrold, who took a stick to the face in Friday’s game vs. Montreal, and Eric Gelinas (illness).
“Mark has experience,” Lamoriello said. “He has the most experience down there with the National Hockey League and he’s been playing very well. That worked out, so he’ll get a chance.”
New Jersey’s third-round pick in 2005, Fraser is looking to become the 26th player in Devils history to be reacquired and play a game with the team. He signed an AHL deal on Nov. 2 after splitting last season with Toronto and Edmonton.
The Ottawa native played parts of four seasons in New Jersey from 2006-07 to 2011-12, recording a career-high 61 appearances in 2009-10. He was dealt to Anaheim with Rod Pelley and a seventh-round pick (Jaycob Megna) for Kurtis Foster and Timo Pielmeier in December 2011.
While with the Maple Leafs in 2012-13, Fraser posted career highs in assists (8), points (8), plus-minus (18) and penalty minutes (85). After playing 45 of 48 games in the lockout-shortened regular season, his postseason was cut short when he was hit in the face by a Milan Lucic slapshot in Toronto’s first-round playoff series with Boston.
In 185 NHL games, including 98 with New Jersey, Fraser has 18 points (4g-14a) and is plus-5 with 247 penalty minutes.