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Open Net: Bruins See Potential in Matt Fraser

Matt Fraser (right) is congratulated by teammate Seth Griffith. AP

In the series Open Net, members of the Boston Bruins open up about their teammates.

The window of opportunity in the NHL hasn’t always been open for Matt Fraser. But when given the chance this weekend due to an undisclosed injury to David Krejci, the 24-year-old took full advantage. Fraser has only appeared in five games this season, but he didn’t need much time to put his potential on display, scoring two goals in a span of less than two minutes in the Bruins’ win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. His teammates know what Fraser is capable of on the ice. They explained why it is simply a matter of him getting a chance to show it.

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Brad Marchand: “I’ve always thought he’s been a great player. He’s really waiting for that opportunity to get in and he took advantage of it … He’s got an unbelievable shot and if he gets into the position to score, he doesn’t miss that many times. Hopefully he continues to play like that.’’

Dennis Seidenberg: “He’s a big kid, he skates very well and he’s got a tremendous shot … It’s always tough to sit out several games in a row, but I think his work ethic has been great. He’s always been positive. When he gets a chance like this he took full advantage of it. That’s what you want to see from a young guy.’’

David Warsofsky: “I think everyone knows Fraz has an unbelievable shot. I think that’s what he’s known for. He scored 30-plus goals in the AHL, it’s obviously translating up here. When he’s moving his feet and he’s getting his shot off, he’s a real effective player. … I think the biggest thing is, he’s just a hard worker. He’s put in a really tough position where he doesn’t know if he’s going to be in the lineup day in and day out. But he keeps himself well conditioned in practice and he’s doing the little things to get himself that opportunity, and obviously (he) took advantage of it.’’

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Dougie Hamilton: “I thought he was really effective. He was moving his feet and hitting guys. Obviously when he can get a chance, it’s a pretty good chance that it’s going in, a really good shot. I guess we saw that on both his goals and a really good release and he was effective.’’

Head coach Claude Julien: “We have an opportunity here to have a winger who can play both sides – just like Loui (Eriksson), as a matter of fact. But there are some guys that are very good at that and he’s one of them. He shoots just as well from the right as he does from the left.’’

Fraser in his own words: “You show up to the rink every day–no matter if it’s a practice or game–you prepare yourself to play and you prepare yourself to work hard. There’s a lot of long days at the rink. Maybe it’s not as easy, but when it comes down to it this is what my job is. Whether I’m playing or not, I’ve got to do my part. You’ve got to prepare yourself.’’

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