Texas's scoring problems are becoming pretty worrisome. Assuming we have a season, I'm really happy Joe decided to go the stopgap route. It's becoming more and more obvious that we severely overrated how quickly guys like Chiasson, Fraser, and Glennie were ready to contribute at the NHL level.
Fraser was the only guy people thought maybe could contribute, and that was mainly based off Nieuwendyk's enthusiastic quotes.
And actually if anything Fraser has solidified that opinion as far as I'm concerned. His defense and play in his own zone and neutral looks ready to go. He's still pretty dangerous at the offensive end, it's not his fault that up until tonight he's been stuck with Petersen and Wathier sparing it up. You'd like to see more goals sure, but that's not what was holding him back.
Fraser was the only guy people thought maybe could contribute, and that was mainly based off Nieuwendyk's enthusiastic quotes
Nah, people (including myself) were easily expecting Chiasson and Glennie to have competitive training camps for the bottom 6. If not then, Chiasson was quoted as needing only a short amount of time to adjust before being called up.
Maybe they still would, but the lack of production at the AHL has shown they still need some development time.
As for Fraser, I agree his defensive game has come along. He's seemed to struggle more offensively this season though (he has what, Zero assists?). To me he seems like a top 6 or bust option, so I'd much rather see him spend another full season in the AHL lighting it up.