Early reports were that his defense was suspect but I haven't heard a legit report about him since the first few weeks of the season. He seems to have a legit scoring touch. If he keeps that up he may be called up soon. Our injury problems have been on the back end but after Vincour, Fraser is 1st on my list of call ups.
Really excited to see him come up. He's a legit top 6 prospect that we nabbed for absolutely nothing. And he's a LW, which we desperately need. I think he'll be a regular on our team for years to come, but we'll see what he brings to the game. Looking forward to watching him develop.
Tapping the mental excitement brakes over here...from a player development perspective I'm more interested in seeing how Fraser looks against NHL competition at this point than how much he can help a sinking ship. I'm also slightly worried that he will see token ice time and not be put in a position to score goals (i.e. Vincour playing these last couple of games on the 4th line, wtf?).
Oh please. Giving a 21 year old who's near PPG in the AHL a call up mid season is no where close to "turning into the Oilers." Stop with the hyperbole.
Yeah I think the important thing to keep in mind is that this is just a neat chance for a guy having a nice season in the AHL to come up and play a few games with the big team. It's more for his benefit than anything else. Ideally he's back down in the AHL to finish out the season when the Stars get Benn and Ribeiro back and he wins a spot on the roster in training camp next season.
Really, waiting to put Benn on IR and doing this call up now is a reaction to the total lack of offense the Stars are producing right now. Nieuwy is hoping to create a spark by infusing new blood.
That's exactly what it is.
Regarding Vincour, I'm not his biggest supporter but I think he has a future as an NHL player. My main concern with his role these last couple of games is basically, what's to lose by giving him better linemates than Dowell and TP? It's not really something worth spending time debating but as I was watching this bunch try to scrape together goals against Tampa it seemed kind of silly to not throw a bunch of different things at the wall and see if something sticks.
Vincour, to me, won't turn into anything but a very good 3rd liner. Maybe around Ott's production in terms of scoring, but I don't see anything more. He'll be good to have, but not a game breaker.
Fraser reminds me a lot of Ryder, just with great positioning instead of a great shot. Take away Stammer's one timer and speed, and he's a lot like him, too. If he can just get a bit faster and really work on his defensive game, he's got a bright future.
Nieuwendyk mentioned Fraser just now as part of the group of young players/prospects they want to incorporate at the NHL level next season. So maybe they do think he's knocking on the door and his skating/defense is ready.