BOSTON – There’s plenty of unknown about the Stars prospects Boston received in the Tyler Seguin deal beyond the fact that they’re young, talented and affordable in this day and age of the salary cap.
Who better than Dallas Stars forward Loui Eriksson to give everyone in Bruins Nation the lowdown on the trio of youngsters coming back to Boston along with the Swedish winger?
Eriksson doesn’t know much about defenseman Joe Morrow, given that the two haven’t played any hockey together after Morrow was dealt from Pittsburgh to Dallas at the trade deadline.
But Eriksson has seen enough of both Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser to give a brief scouting report that Bruins fans will be happy to hear about.
“They’re two really good guys actually. Reilly Smith played some games this year and even [Matt] Fraser played some games with us. You can see some really good abilities from them,” said Eriksson. “They are really good offensive players, they can create a lot of good scoring chances and both have really good shots too. I think that will be a good addition to get, and they are still young too. It will be nice to have them there with me.”
Those in AHL circles have raved about Fraser’s shot and release, and it would appear he’s got a legit chance to be an offensive player at the next level given a chance with talented linemates.
The 23-year-old has scored 70 goals over the last two seasons at the AHL level for the Texas Stars, and has the size at 6-foot-2 and 204-pounds to throw his body around at the front of the net.
The slender Smith is a bit more of a playmaker, but the 22-year-old managed three goals and nine points in his first 37 games of NHL experience last season after getting bumped up from the Texas Stars.
Both wingers will be full participants at Bruins training camp in the fall, and should, along with incumbents like Jordan Caron and Carl Soderberg, get long looks for the third line winger positions that should be open on either side of Chris Kelly.