Thread: Speculation: Mark Fraser future shutdown D?
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02-12-2013, 08:56 AM
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satyr9
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I'm not sure how impressed by him that I am (+/- is 100% worthless), but Carlyle is impressed. Fraser's pk time has risen dramatically the last couple games. To me, he's a solid/average 3rd pair guy when you've got pretty heavy minutes on the top 2 on his side.

Really, the most impressive thing is that Carlyle has apparently found ways to use his depth in pretty much perfect situations. The Grabo line and the Phaneuf pair eat up a ton of minutes against top-end talent, leaving room and favourable match-ups for the things like the Kadri line and the Fraser/Franson pair that make them look good. That isn't trying to take too much away from those players, using your opportunities is what the game's about, but I think the lower guys owe RC a ton of the credit for giving them tasks they can handle and excel at.

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