The Edmonton Oilers made a solid depth move last night by acquiring C Colin Fraser from Chicago for a 6th round pick. That should be considered exceptional value. Fraser went 48.8% in the FO circle (445 sorties) and played 9:35 a game for 70 games (7-12-19 +6 92 shots). Fraser did suit up for the playoffs 3 times.
Fraser made $700,000 last season and is an rfa. He has the look of an ideal 3-4 line C who can PK (1:26 a night on that stacked CHI team) and help out a little offensively.
Whose job will he be taking? Several candidates come to mind. Cogliano took 379 FO’s last year, Pouliot played the wing (when healthy) but his slot might be open by summer’s end. Ryan Potulny might be a little vulnerable. Ethan Moreau, Robert Nilsson and Patrick O’Sullivan are vulnerable to everything. I don’t want to overstate the issue, in fact someone like Pouliot (with say Ryan Jones) could end up being a solid line. There is no way to project a top 12F for the 10-11 Oilers and exclude Colin Fraser. That makes this a good trade.
His scouting report: Is aggressive and tenacious on the forecheck. Can play a defensive role and provide energy. Displays a projectable frame and some offensive upside. He takes too many bad penalties.