Feb 23, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Matt Fraser (25) warms up before the game against the San Jose Sharks at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Sharks 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Making the Grade: Matt Fraser

With the regular season over, it’s time for players around the league to be evaluated for their effectiveness and their value to a team. We’ll be doing the same thing throughout the month of May, and we’d love to hear your opinions on our grading.

We’ll travel through the team in numerical order this year and we’ll hit every individual that was on the roster as of Saturday April 27; the official end of the Stars season.

Matt Fraser

It was a season full of firsts for 23-year-old Canadian Matt Fraser, who spent the 2012-2013 hockey season in both Dallas and Texas Stars gear. While it wasn’t his debut at either level, it was a strong season that highlighted his talent. Fraser’s success in the lower leagues captured his potential. In 330 games between the WHL and the AHL, he scored 124 goals and posted 230 points.

Fraser played in 12 games for Dallas, and in Nashville on February 13, scored his first professional goal in his first NHL game of the season. On April 7, he recorded his first career assist against San Jose, and another against St. Louis April 19.

While his stint in Dallas was short, Fraser played in 62 games for the Texas Stars, and was just six points behind team-leading Colton Sceviour in points. Taking second in the team’s points casts a slight shadow over what made Fraser so crucial to the Stars’ success; his 33 goals in 62 games. Where Sceviour took the lead in points, Fraser dominated in goals-scored, sitting 12 ahead of Sceviour in second. He also recorded 13 assists throughout the season and closed out the plus/minus at positive 13.

While he wasn’t Texas’ most physical player, he didn’t shy from a confrontation, spending 26 total minutes in the penalty box.

It wasn’t the first time Dallas fans got a peek at Fraser’s skill and talent, and it certainly won’t be the last. With his performance in Texas contributing so significantly to the Stars’ success, and for his consistency in posting strong numbers, I give Matt Fraser a B+ for the 2012-2013 season. Since Texas Stars games are not televised, and because games in Austin weren’t attended in person, Fraser’s on-ice presence and performance will not be graded.

Goal scoring: A

Assists: B

Plus/Minus: A

On-ice presence and performance: N/A

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