Matt Fraser has scored the most goals in the AHL over the last three seasons, so the 23-year-old winger knows what is expected of him during any stint at the NHL level. But the goals haven’t fallen for Fraser quite yet after five games with the Bruins as reinforcement amid frontline injuries, and he’s gone pointless with just six shots on net in the aforementioned five games. It’s unfortunate given Fraser’s effortless, lethal release and accurate wrist shot from the scoring areas in the offensive zone. If he can get to the scoring areas in time to get off his wrister, Fraser would remind many Bruins fans as a smaller version of Glenn Murray: slower skating and average physical presence, but the kind of goal-scoring shot and release from the slot and the face-off circles that could provide constant offense. Fraser had the same kind of difficulties freeing himself up for his signature shot during the preseason, but he’s determined to keep with it until something breaks for him. “I think I’ve played okay, but I’m not content. Obviously I’m looking for a little more production out of myself,” said Fraser. “I think I’ve been doing the little things right. Chipping pucks in, and chipping pucks out. I’ve been making sure I’m in the right spots on the ice in both zones. “But I’m a guy that knows what he needs to do to succeed, and knows what I can do out there. When I don’t get the results I’m looking for, I’m probably the hardest person on myself.” According to Fraser, the most difficult transition has been moving from AHL top line winger to third line grinder at the NHL level. The role doesn’t quite bring out the best in him, and it’s next to impossible to get into an offensive rhythm skating 9:40 of ice per game.
Fraser adds fight to his game, but seeks offense
NBC Sports Boston | Dec 21