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Bruins Top 25 Under 25: #8 Matt Fraser

Judy Greer is in a lot of commercials nowadays and I can't be the only one to find that odd, right? I hope you enjoy the following piece about Matt Fraser - a professional hockey player.

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Rank Change From 2013 M. Leonard Cornelius Nolan Dan Giesse Sean Sarah Kristian Servo
8 5 7 7 4 5 16 7 10 7 16
  • POS: RW/LW
  • Vitals: 6'1", 204 lbs
  • Acquired: 2013 - Trade With Dallas (Perhaps You Remember)
  • Current Team: Looking To Crack Boston's Roster, 2-Way Contract Leaves Providence An Option

When I first joined SCOC back in June, I wrote about Fraser for our 2014 Player Report Cards series. I mention this because I'm lazy, and feel it's easiest for everyone if they click on the following link and read about Fraser's background there.

As far as ranking Fraser as a prospect goes, I have had him pretty high on my list at four. Part of me wanted to slot him above Krug at three, but Fraser doesn't have a full year under his belt and such a decision would likely jump-start some kind of "they should get rid of this Nolan kid" revolt and I honestly just don't have the time to deal with such a fiasco.

Fraser is pushing for one of the many open wing positions upfront, likely throwing his name into the Reilly Smith replacement hat and, at the very least, giving the Bruins an offensive upgrade as Shawn Thornton's replacement on the fourth line. While he may not share the same skillset as Smith, especially in regards to on-ice-vision, Fraser has a NHL-caliber shot and a strong enough hockey sense to create one of those "guy with intangibles" aura around himself.

I'll be stunned if Fraser doesn't crack the opening night roster, and even more surprised if he doesn't contribute between 15 to 20 goals. Loft expectations, yes, but he has the talent to make it happen. He's scored prominently at every other level and whether he's paired with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, returns to his playoff linemates of Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson, or skates with Ryan Spooner on the fourth unit, he'll be surrounded by enough playmakers to ensure that trend continues in the NHL.