Oilers claim Red Deer native Matt Fraser (6-2-8 in 51 NHL games) off waivers from Boston, place Pinizzotto on waivers.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) December 29, 2014
*Not to be confused with career AHL defenceman Mark Fraser.
The Oilers made a waiver claim today, snagging
Derek Roy to help score some goddamn goals Matt Fraser from the Bruins.
What do the Oilers get in Matt Fraser?
In five words or less: a bottom six winger.
Matt Fraser is young. The Red Deer native is 24, and he scored a fair bit in the AHL last season. (20-10-30 in 44 GP). He's played in thirty-six NHL games for the Bruins over the last two years, earning five goals over that time. He's eighth out of twelve on the Bruins among forwards in on-ice corsi with at least 20 games played. He averaged around ten minutes a game, but was limited to between 5-6 minutes over his last three.
Fraser was one of the pieces that Dallas traded to Boston along with Loui Eriksson and Reilly Smith and Joe Morrow in the Tyler Seguin deal.
With Steve Pinizzotto getting waived, it shouldn't surprise anyone to see him get plugged in on the fourth line for tomorrow night's game against the Los Angeles Kings.
All the NHL needs to do now is waive a big ticket goaltender, a top defenceman, and an NHL veteran centre, and this leaky boat gets turned around. Twice.