Shut down my ass, he's nothing more than a bruiser with hands of stone and can't clear a puck if his life depended on it. Let's not let a couple of good games here and there let us label people as shut down d-man, that's a hefty title.
He looks okay. Can't really tell with an AHL callup how well they can handle the NHL until they've played a good chunk of games. Then you can see if they've adapted to the faster pace or not. Right now Fraser is reacting a little bit slow but is fine in a fairly sheltered role. You wouldn't want the guy caught on an icing with the Stamkos line coming on for the faceoff, that's for sure.
Leaf fans: If you're a PMD, you are bad defensively. If you are a shut-down/bigger defenseman, you can't clear the zone.
Worst fans in the NHL.
OT but if a PMD was good defensively then they wouldn't be a PMD he would be called a two-way defensemen, the term PMD is a term used to describe a player who can move the puck up the ice and help out offensively but is weak in his own zone.
I like what he brings to the table. I honestly dont see a massive difference in his game and Schenns.
Seven games is not a very large sample size, and it remains to be seen whether or not there is any consistency to his game. But frankly, thus far, I like him. He plays a simple game. He can hit, he can fight, and has been relatively sound in his own zone.
I've lost count of the number of times that Mark Fraser has failed to clear the zone when he has had ample opportunity.
Nevermind the fact that Carlyle likes to throw out the Orr line when he is on the ice. It's like he is daring the other team to try and pin us in our own end.
Fraser has no role on this team long-term.
I disagree, I thought he was fine, and better than Holzer. His first pass has been excellent, and he has poise on the ice. He should make a fine bottom pairing D in the NHL; the fact he can fight as well, is a bonus.
Hes kinda like a Komisarek with a clean slate. Keep him as a 7th dman and alternate him with the 6th when you need a bit of grit and size to compete against teams with bigger players and hes great.
This is right on.
Originally Posted by masyo88
Funny based on the responses you can tell who's watched the game and who hasn't. He's been solid for us this year. He has had a couple wtf moments, but really who on D doesn't once in a while? He had a good first past out of the zone, is physical, clears the net and is a plus 4. I don't get how people bash Fraser but then praise Kostka lol.
I do watch the games, but don't get all that excited when one of our defencemen doesn't completely suck. I like Fraser, and its good to have a guy like him as a seventh dman. Doesn't matter if he sits a few games (not wasting potential development) and can come back in and kick some a** and not be absolutely terrible. But in no way would I want him as a shutdown guy. A "shutdown defenceman" shuts down (hence the name) the other teams superstars. I would hate to be in a position where Fraser is given the responsibility to shutdown Crosby or Malkin.
And btw, I wouldn't praise Kostka. He pleasantly surprised me, but I didn't jump on that bandwagon.