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Oilers claim Matt Fraser off waivers from Bruins

12.29.14 at 12:36 pm ET
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Matt Fraser

Matt Fraser

Matt Fraser’s parents flew from Alberta to Boston Sunday to see their son play this week. They won’t get to do it in Boston, but at least they won’t have to travel as far to see him play in the future.

The Oilers claimed Fraser off waivers Monday, ending the left wing’s tenure with the Bruins.

Fraser, acquired in the 2013 trade between the Stars and Bruins that sent Tyler Seguin to Dallas, had five goals and no assists in 38 games over the last two seasons for Boston.

“I’€™m still kind of in the shock and awe of it,” Fraser said after learning his fate. “This is such a great team to be a part of, such great guys to be a part of. It’€™s tough leaving, but at the same time, hopefully there’€™s an opportunity for me in Edmonton. My family’€™s close.”

His most notable moment as a Bruin came last postseason when he was called up for Game 4 of the second round against the Canadiens and scored the overtime winner in a 1-0 Bruins victory. He played that game and the rest of the series on a broken foot.

Though equipped with a terrific snap shot, Fraser had struggled to nail down a spot in Boston’s lineup this season. He has been much more effective playing left wing, but unfortunately for him, left wing has been one of the only positions that has not been stricken by injuries this season. As such, the 24-year-old was most recently used as a fourth-line right wing. Throughout his time in Boston, Fraser struggled to make any sort of impact as a right wing.

“I’m never going to blame anybody else but myself,” Fraser said. “For me, I would have liked to have produced more, but maybe that opportunity wasn’t there as much. I just had a conversation with Claude [Julien] and he had kind of alluded to that, but at the same time, you’re in the NHL for a reason. You’ve got to find a reason to stay here.”

The Bruins exposed Fraser to waivers Sunday when they recalled Jordan Caron from Providence. Fraser, a prolific scorer at the AHL level (70 goals in the two AHL seasons prior to him being traded to Boston), will head to his home province of Alberta, as he hails from Red Deer.

Fraser has taken a difficult path to the NHL. An undrafted player out of the WHL, Fraser was brought into the Canucks’ training camp in 2010, but was not offered a contract. He then signed with the Stars, where he scored in bunches in the AHL before being traded to the Bruins. Fraser had wanted to become an impact player with the Bruins to show that he was more than just a throw-in, but he leaves Boston having fallen short of that goal.

Now, being given up on by the B’s is just another chip to add to Fraser’s shoulder. He hopes it can be the last.

“It would be nice one of those days if those things would start paying off,” Fraser said, just barely cracking a smile. “The way that this business works, there’s so many interchangeable parts, and that’s the tough part of being a player, a young guy trying to develop in this league and get into this league. It’s not an easy business.

“With my parents flying in yesterday, I think my mom was more upset than I was, just because she knows what I’ve gone through to get to where I am. It’s hard on her nerves to have it happen to her son.

“At the end of the day, I feel like I have the best job in the world. I really do, and every day I came to the rink I never took it for granted. With that being said, you kind of take the rest of the day and understand that you’re going back home and you’ve got to make the most of it.”

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