I know I’m getting hit. I brace myself for those hits. It’s not like I don’t know it’s coming… it’s not like I have my head down the whole time. It’s just I have to go to those places. If I’m just staying on the wall and waiting for my pass – the seam pass – when I’m moving my feet or standing still, and then I make a soft chip, that’s an average play. That’s how I’ve always played my game. Just on the edge, desperate, aggressive and just trying to make plays all over.
– Taylor Hall, when Kevin Lowe asked him about the concerns of his tendency to be hit hard and how being hit by a guy like Chara at the NHL level could be quite a bit worse.
Colin Fraser - Traded to the Oilers for a 6th round pick in 2010
Per Dan Tencer’s twitter, and care of Bob Stauffer:
“Oilers deal a 6th round pick to Chicago for RFA centerman Colin Fraser. Thanks to Stauffer for confirming Oilers end of the deal”
Colin Fraser is a 25 year old, 6’1, 188lb centreman from Surrey, B.C.. Last year he had 7 goals and 12 assists for 19 points, was +7 and had 44 PIMs. Fraser was 48.8% on the dot in 445 attempts last year with the Blackhawks, and was 6th on the team with 62 hits. He averaged approximately 8 minutes of even strength ice time per game, and roughly 1.5 minutes of short-handed ice time per game last year. He is an RFA as of July 1st, and earned 700k this past year. The Oilers will need to qualify him (at a minimum of 735K, I believe) to retain his rights.
Here is the scouting report on Colin Fraser:
Is aggressive and tenacious on the forecheck. Can play a defensive role and provide energy. Displays a projectable frame and some offensive upside.
Needs to reduce the number of bad penalties he takes in order to thrive as a role player at the NHL level. Must also add bulk to better compete in the corners.
Racki’s comment: purely a depth move, as suggested by Tencer. Does this spell the end of Marc Pouliot with the Oilers though?