Bruins send Fraser back to Providence

Bruins send Fraser back to Providence
January 12, 2014, 9:45 pm
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With Loui Eriksson and Shawn Thornton both back in the lineup, it was merely a formality when Matt Fraser was sent back to down to Providence on Sunday following a decent run with the Bruins. Fraser ended up playing 14 games with the Bruins while filling in for Eriksson, and scored a pair of goals along with dropping the gloves for a pair of fights as well.

His goal against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night was the best example of what he can potentially bring to the table: an elite-level release and shot that will net him goals when he gets fed the puck in scoring areas on the ice. But Fraser never got off the shot on a consistent basis with 13 shots on net in 14 games with the Bruins, and his goal vs. the Kings was his only official shot on net in his last five games with Boston. Though his size and skill set remind some – including this humble hockey writer – of a smaller version of former Bruins winger Glenn Murray, Fraser has a difficult time getting to the spots on the ice quickly enough to receive passes and get around to releasing that world class, deadly shot.

All that being said, Fraser showed plenty of moxie dropping the gloves when the shots on goal weren’t coming for him and also never really got a chance to play top-six minutes at his natural left wing position. Perhaps that will come with the Bruins in the future, but it didn’t in this month-long stint.  

Fraser has skated in 23 games with the Providence Bruins this season, recording 16 goals and five assists for 21 points with 23 penalty minutes – and had the most goals over the last three years in the AHL at the time of his promotion to Boston.

The 6-foot-1, 204-pound native of Red Deer, Alberta was acquired by Boston on July 4, 2013 with Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow and Reilly Smith in exchange for Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, and Ryan Button.