Matt Fraser Happy to Learn
But on May 8, he was called up to make his NHL playoff debut last month and delivered.
He netted the overtime winner in a goal-less struggle, handing the Bruins a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens to level the series at 2-2.
“Obviously scoring that goal, words can’t describe it,” Matt Fraser said over the phone. “Coming home and seeing how much support you have that you didn’t even know about and that’s kind of when it sinks in. Two weeks after being home, you see your friends and people come out of the woodwork and talk to you and things like that. For me, it was one game but it gave me a taste of what kind of player I wanted to be in this league.”
Now, due to the Bruins shrunken salary cap, it appears Peter Chiarelli will look to fill his empty roster spots with some of the young up-and-comers who’ve played for the squad’s AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins.
Fraser joins a group that consists of Justin Florek, Ryan Spooner, Bobby Robins, and Alexander Khokhlachev, four other skaters hoping to successfully grab either of the two forward openings in Boston.
“I think it’s exciting that they’re leaning towards presenting that opportunity to some players, because as a player that’s all you want, you want a spot there that’s open that could be yours,” Fraser said. “For myself, I’ve got to take what I learned from this past season, in the American League and in the NHL, and you’ve got to put it to good use and you’ve got to learn from that experience and rely on that experience and let everything else take over.”