Mark Fraser on Oilers Now
Take a look below at a random assortment of Mark Fraser hits and fights from the past year.
Mark Fraser will wear number five for the Oilers, he confirmed in an interview with edmontonoilers.com's Chris Wescott.
Fraser also talked about changing Canadian markets.
Fraser will wear #5 for the #Oilers. He credits Dallas Eakins for rejuvenating his career when he came to the Marlies in 2011-12.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 31, 2014
"I'm happy to get to play for another organization with extremely passionate fans. I'm very excited."
The big defenceman also talked about his style of play and how he might fit in with the Oilers.
"I'm confident I can provide something the Oilers may be missing... Most of my success comes from my size and aggression."
Mark Fraser on Oilers Now
The Oilers are on the ice for practice in Cambridge, MA. The lines are the same as the team has used for the past several games as Matt Hendricks appears to be okay after leaving the last game with a head injury.
Same lines for Oilers:Hall-RNH-Eberle, Yakupov-Gagner-Perron, Hendricks-Gordon-Jones (Hemsky), Gazdic-Smyth-Joensuu (Arcobello)— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) January 31, 2014
The Edmonton Oilers pulled the trigger on a trade this morning which sent prospects Cameron Abney and Teemu Hartikainen to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenceman Mark Fraser.
Fraser, 27, has played in 19 games this season for the Maple Leafs, with one assist and 33 penalty minutes. He has played in 162 NHL games in his career, which began as a third round pick, 84th overall, of the New Jersey Devils in 2005.
Abney has played in the ECHL this year, while Hartikainen is overseas in the KHL.
Mark Fraser on Oilers Now
Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins said the team plays better when the goalies are hot, and Scrivens was on fire in this game.
“Yeah, I think it does,” said Eakins. “I think when your goalies have played like our guys have the last few games, it gives your team confidence… When the team and the players have great, great confidence in their goalie, I think they can push the envelope a little bit more knowing they’re going to get that save.
"Obviously, with Ben coming in and being new here, that performance obviously gives our players a real good feel for what kind of guy he is. He’s in that net stopping pucks and every timeout, he was coming back to the bench, encouraging guys, giving reminders and everything. He was not only just stopping the pucks, he was great with his teammates along the way.”
Scrivens broke franchise and NHL records with his 59 save performance in Wednesday night’s 3-0 victory over San Jose. He earned the opportunity to continue his success.
“Well obviously tonight, after that performance, you’ve got to give it a long look and think about it and we’ve got some time to do that," Eakins said of reviewing the goaltending schedule. "He’s not going to do that every night obviously, but it certainly earns him the next game.”
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins tweeted prior to the team taking the ice for practice that Ben Scrivens will get the start tonight.
Scrivens back in. Hemsky and Ference are not ready vs Sharks.— Dallas Eakins (@dallaseakins) January 29, 2014
Martin Marincin has been a bright spot on the Edmonton Oilers roster since returning on his second call up to the team earlier this season. The 21-year-old Slovakian defenceman has begun transitioning into full-time NHL duty with solid play that speaks to why the team drafted him in the second round, 46th overall in 2010.
Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins talked about whether or not he was surprised at how far Marincin has come and how much ice time and responsibility he has been able to place on his young blueliner.
“I guess, yes and no,” said Eakins. “A guy with that experience, you certainly don’t expect to have to run him that hard but he’s earning his minutes. I think we’ve been good at pointing out mistakes, learning from them and making sure he gets right back on the ice to keep his confidence up and there’s lots of stuff he has to work on.”
One of those tidbits of advice that the Oilers bench boss is going to provide to Marincin is that he shadows Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia this February.
“I’m going to encourage him at the Olympics to be right beside, behind Zdeno Chara every step that he takes. Z’s a big, strong man. He’s extremely strong, he’s worked hard at it and that’s the one thing Marty needs to take a big step forward with, is his conditioning and his strength and that will come with age. Chara is a guy that really needs to look to, to learn some quick lessons from while he’s at the Olympics. If Z stops too fast, Marty should be running his head right into his butt.”
For more on Marincin and his journey to the NHL and how he should look to Chara as an example, read edmontonoilers.com’s feature on the defencemen which was published a week ago.
The Edmonton Oilers are in the midst of a six game losing streak and for the first time in a while, the players were able to put that in the back of their mind and focus on having fun. They did so today at the Skills Competition.
“With the atmosphere that we’ve been in for a long time here, you want to try to loosen up and try to enjoy the moment,” said Ryan Smyth. “Today I thought that the players loosened up and had some fun, relaxed a bit but it was nice to see the fan support that we got and they’re true, loyal fans. We’re really grateful for that.”
Smyth continued, “There’s no question that everybody’s frustrated. I get it, I understand it. There’s winning and there’s misery and everybody’s miserable and rightfully so. We’ve got to, within this locker room, collectively come together and find a way through this together. There’s no easy way. You’ve got to put your hard hat on and go to work. But, you also got to enjoy it. There’s many worse things in life that are transpiring other than losing hockey games. We take our job serious and we want to make sure we care and the fans care about us and we want to give appreciation back to them.”
Edmonton Oilers tough guy Luke Gazdic is the unofficial MVP of the team’s skills competition.
Gazdic earned the top spot in the ‘hardest shot’ competition with his try clocking in at over 100 mph. He also contributed in on the 3-on-1 challenge and dangled in the shootout.
“I think the biggest surprise was seeing Gazzy hit over 100 in the hardest shot, that was pretty cool,” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
“I think he was top three stars out there, for sure.”
Gazdic’s team, the ‘Blue Team’ won the competition 26-17 and Gazdic likes that he’s considered an individual winner, but also being a part of the winning team.
“That’s pretty cool I guess,” Gazdic laughed. “Our team dominated and to be a part of that winning team was enough for me.”
“The Professor, (Ben Scrivens) over there told me I’ve got to get some speed going in because the amount of speed you have before your spot affects it or something. I just kind of went in and I put all my effort in it. I wasn’t holding back and it was pretty cool. I saw it flash up 100 and I was surprised to say the least.”
Ryan Jones recorded his 100th career NHL point tonight, but the celebration was short-lived as the Oilers would inevitably lose to Phoenix despite a late rally.
Jones talked in the locker room after the game about the need for more accountability from the players and less blame being placed on the coaches.
“It’s unacceptable,” Jones said. “As a player, you see the things that are said or written and it’s a pass the blame game. These guys that are in the back room, our coaches, our management, they don’t play the game. They send the guys out and we play the same system as basically every other team in the NHL and it’s the players that lose and yet, they take the blame. It’s about time the guys in this locker room took a little bit of accountability on themselves and stop letting other people take the blame. When we do that, we’ll win hockey games and we’ll give nobody an excuse or nobody, somebody to blame.”