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INBOX: Thoughts on Fraser

by Bob Stauffer / Edmonton Oilers
Every Monday, Oilers radio colour analyst and Oilers Now host Bob Stauffer answers questions submitted by fans about the team.
  1. Bob what can you tell us about Matt Fraser? — Ken in Sherwood Park    

 
Ken,

Matt Fraser is late developing winger who can really shoot the puck.

Fraser scored 90 goals in less than three seasons in the AHL after being signed by the Dallas Stars.

He played mostly right wing for former University of Alberta Golden Bear Kris Knoblauch in Kootenay (Knoblauch is now the Head Coach of Connor McDavid in Erie) and was a big part of Kootenay’s upset of Saskatoon and Portland during the 2011 WHL Play-offs en route to the Ice winning the WHL Championship.

Fraser has had a knack for scoring big goals scoring play-off overtime winners for Kootenay (WHL), Texas (AHL) and for Boston (NHL) last spring.

He has played mostly left wing in Boston in a fourth line role and seen very little power-play time. He is a competitive player, who will stand up for his teammates, and definitely will go to the net to score goals. He is not a fleet-footed skater.
 
  • What can we expect out of Todd Nelson as Oilers Interim Head Coach — Fred from Fultonvale

    The word on Todd is that he is a player’s coach.

    In my opinion the best work he did was over the last year-and-a-half in Oklahoma City. The Oilers and OKC placed an emphasis on having high-end AHL veteran players in the few seasons in OKC, but in the last couple of years in OKC the emphasis has been more on developing the Oilers prospects.

    Despite multiple player transactions last season, Nelson helped will the Barons into the playoffs and the team was off to a solid start to this season as well before Nelson was brought up to Edmonton.

    Nelson’s power play has also been an area of strength. It was first in the AHL in 2012-13, third last season, and was second this season before he was brought up to Edmonton.

  • Bob, you mention on Oilers Now that you often talk to pro scouts from other NHL teams, which players do they ask you the most about? — Geoff from Edmonton

    David Perron and Martin Marincin.

    I am sure that most scouts realize that the likes of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall are non-starters.

    Perron is viewed as a solid complimentary piece. He is a highly-competitive, skilled forward.
    There have been a lot of queries on Marincin, with scouts asking why he isn’t in Edmonton.

    I do expect Marincin to make another appearance at some time during this season.
  • Bob Stauffer is Colour Analyst on the Oilers Radio Network and Hosts “Oilers Now” each day Noon to 2:00 PM Monday thru Friday on 630 CHED and you can follow him on Twitter at @Bob_Stauffer
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