The Oilers claimed Matt Fraser off of waivers from Boston on Monday morning. Oilers winger Luke Gazdic is very familiar with Fraser, having played with him in the American Hockey League for Dallas’ farm club.
“We were next door neighbours there for a bit so we have a good relationship. He’s a good kid and an even better hockey player,” Gazdic said.
Gazdic thinks Frazer is a player the Oilers will surely welcome to the roster.
“He’s got a heck of a shot,” Gazdic said. “I think that’s the tool that has helped him the most. He scored 40 goals in the minors one of the years I played with him. He can score from anywhere, he’s lethal. He does it all, he finishes his checks, he’s not afraid to mix it up and he does a lot of things that can be useful for any team, especially ours.”
Oilers interim coach Todd Nelson had the challenge of coaching against Fraser in the AHL. Fraser scored 11 goals in 19 regular season games against the Oklahoma City Barons.
“He’s a guy that can shoot the puck,” Nelson said. “I’ve seen it first hand when we used to play against Texas and he’s scored his fair share of goals against us. I’ve seen it up close. Plus, I think I worked with him at the All Star Game one year. He’s a hardworking guy that can find the back of the net. That was based on my experience a couple of years ago when we played against Texas, but he always had good games against us.”
Gazdic added, “Nelly is pretty familiar with both of us. We had some good battles with OKC down there and I’m sure he’s glad to have Fraser on his side of the bench now rather than have to play against him because he’s a lethal scorer. He can put the puck in from anywhere and he torched OKC down there a couple of times.”
The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have assigned defenceman Brad Hunt to the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons.
Hunt, 26, posted two assists in five games with the Oilers since being recalled from Oklahoma City and has registered three points (1G, 2A) in 11 games with the Oilers this season.
The 5’9”, 187-pound blueliner has posted 22 points (7G, 15A), six penalty minutes and a plus seven rating in 17 games with the Barons.
Defenceman Niki Nikitin has also been taken of the injured reserve list.
Newly-acquired Oilers winger Matt Fraser will wear number 28, the team announced today. Fraser was claimed off waivers this morning at 10:00 a.m. MST.
Matt Fraser will wear #28 with the #Oilers.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) December 29, 2014
The Oilers have taken to the ice for practice at Rexall Place. Leon Draisaitl is absent, nursing an illness.
Benoit Pouliot skated with the team for a couple of drills before coming off.
Matt Fraser will wear #28 with the Oilers.
The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have claimed winger Matt Fraser off waivers from the Boston Bruins and have placed forward Steve Pinizzotto on waivers.
Fraser, 24, has registered three goals and seven penalty minutes in 24 games with the Boston Bruins this season.
The 6’1”, 204-pound forward has appeared in 51 career NHL games, recording eight points (6G, 2A) and 17 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in four playoff games, posting two points (1G, 1A).
The Oilers have taken the ice at Rexall Place for practice.
Forward Line Combinations:
Matt Hendricks is not on the ice.
The Oilers held their annual Skills Competition on Sunday. Team White took down Team Blue by a score of 19-12. It was the three-on-three game at the end of the event that helped White run away with the competition, with them scoring seven goals over two six-minute periods.
Draisaitl had the last laugh, winning fastest skater with a time of 14.537.
Then came the hardest shot competition. Team Blue’s Russian defenceman Nikita Nikitin hammered a shot that went 101.1 mph. Luke Gazdic, who won last year, was clocked at 100.9 and 100.7 mph for Team Blue.
The Oilers rounded things out with a 3-on-1 event and king of the shootout competition, before finishing the day with the three-on-three game.
The Oilers have taken the ice for practice at Rexall Place. The lines are as follows:
Aulie, Nikitin (back)