Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fraser Back to Texas After NHL Taste

Matt Fraser (Credit: Josh Rasmussen/Texas Stars)
Left wing Matt Fraser has been reassigned to the Texas Stars today after a short stint in the NHL in which he scored his first NHL goal.

Fraser got a chance to play on the top six in Dallas and is sure to come back fired up and ready to show that he deserves a longer stay in the show. He will be available for tomorrow's game against Chicago.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that Dallas has returned left wing Matt Fraser on loan to Texas

Fraser, 22, returns from his first recall to Dallas of the season. The Red Deer, Alberta native appeared in two NHL games for the Stars and scored his first career NHL goal on Monday at Nashville. He currently leads the Stars with 35 points (24 goals, 11 assists) in 51 AHL games this season and ranks third in plus-minus (+12). Fraser still leads the AHL with 13 power play goals and ranks fifth in the league in goals (24). Earlier this season, Fraser was selected to represent the Western Conference at the 2013 AHL All-Star Game after posting a team-leading 35 points (24 goals, 11 assist) for Texas in 51 games so far this season. The 6-foot-1 left wing played his first career NHL contest last season on Jan. 24, 2012 against the Anaheim Ducks. Fraser went undrafted and was signed as a free agent on Nov. 17, 2010.

5 comments:

  1. Dear Mr. Hundred - Do you know if Dallas looks at us and throw us a bone every now and then to keep our team competitive, especially given the current number of call ups and injuries? We're in a pretty sweet spot right now... - Kristof

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    1. Dallas did throw Texas several 'bones' this season. Travis Morin, Francis Wathier, Toby Petersen... None of those players were signed to play in Dallas this season but they are all on NHL deals. Dallas and all NHL clubs sign these type players to keep veteran skill and savvy on their AHL teams.

      Signing players mid season to NHL deals for the AHL club is very rare. I don't know that I've ever seen it done.

      Remember also, btw, that Dallas's #1 goal is winning hockey games in Dallas. The club definitely wants Texas to succeed but they will call whatever player is best for the needs they have when the time comes.

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  2. Yes, I agree Dallas' #1 goal is to win games. Our #1 goal is player development. We're having a spectacular season thus far. As a fan I'd love to see it through the season. Our coaching staff and players are phenomenal.

    Eh... Whatever happens, I know Willie and the team will make the best of it... - Kristof.

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    1. It's a delicate balance, isn't it?

      Dallas is finally starting to see the benefits of their youth movement. These past four years have been a very interesting time in the Stars' farm system and Texas fans are getting a front row seat.

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  3. Agree! I'm not a big Dallas fan - but as our guys move up that will change. It'll be our team... Always cool hearing about the first NHL goal, the first win, minutes played, etc. LOVE it! - Kristof

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