Re: Remember the name Matt Fraser in this trade!
posted at 7/7/2013 8:55 AM EDT
In response to biggskye's comment:
Right nothing will change your mind becuase Seguin is gone. Not 37 goals in the AHL for Fraser (never translates) or all his goals in the WHL that he scored. Reilly Smith kept up with Parise and Toews in College as far as goals but there is only hope for him on the Bruins.
You already made up you mind like the Bruin fans that freaked out about the Kessel trade.
Keep the faith
What are you talking about? The trade is done, and I am only looking for the positives, that will make me feel better about it.
I'm sorry if I have trouble getting excited about Fraser, who was never drafted, was the Stars' 16th rated prospect, last year, and is considered very weak defensively, and is projected to be "an average NHL player". Not sure what average means, but it does not seem worth getting excited over.
The first thing I read about Joe Morrow? "Has struggled this year". Great. The only reason I like Morrow, is because Red has seen a lot of him, and seems to be excited about his chances, and I have a healthy respect for her knowledge of the game.
Of course, Stanley likes Morrow as well, so that has to be a mark against him.
Well, that's one guy's read on it biggskye. Even so, don't overlook the whole package of what the guy's saying. On Morrow, the struggle this year has been with his defensive game. Okay. So - remember how we got Boychuk and McQuaid? They were both second rounders in other organizations that gave up on them for that reason. Go find some old prospect reports on Boychuk when he was in the Colorado organization. The Bruins have done very well teaching players to play better defense within Julien's system. The system is actually really good for making a guy who might have problems as a head's up defender a solid defensive player.
On Fraser, well, much the same story, right? Whenever the Bruins draft a guy with a rep as a solid two-way player (Caron) rather than a guy with huge offensive upside, the cry always goes up that you can teach defense, not goal-scoring. Fraser can score goals. He's a shooter. And that description sounds like what Horton was asked to do in Boston - strong on the walls, strong on the cycle, big, heavy shot to finish. Everyone is projecting him as a third-line type talent, and, taking it for what it's worth (not much), HF has him as pretty much a lock to be a third-to-second line NHL player.
And hockeyprospectus has Smith as the best of the three in terms of potential vs. risk.
So - chin up. The story of the Seguin trade is that a player has to be in the right situation to maximize his potential, and for these three, I think the Bruins system and development philosophy might make them more valuable to Boston than they were to Dallas.