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Fraser Minten



Scout: Craig Wise

2023-12-13


Center
Toronto Maple Leafs

38 Overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs (2022 NHL Entry Draft)

Skating:

Above average, shows how fast he is by pulling away from backcheckers or taking defenders wide.


Passing/Handling:

Elite, Fraser is able to draw defenders in and make a no look pass to the open teamate. A few times it looked like he missed his pass to the streaming winger, but rewatching the play I am starting to think once he starts playing with better players they will be able to catch and be prepared for what's coming. I didnt see it often, but did notice when he was one on one with a defender he was able to make a skilled move and create a scoring chance.


Shooting:

Average, nothing flashy but can snap it quick when needed. Loves to shoot, but often in low danger scoring areas. I don't think this will be his strong suit when he makes the jump to the next level.


IQ (Vision, Anticipation, Panic/Poise):

Above to elite IQ, very low panic meter. Takes his time with head up to survey his options. Uses his quick cuts to evade and create time and space for himself. You can tell he really understands the game by the way he directs his teamates, verbally and pointing in the direction he wants them to cover.


Forechecking:

Average, Isnt afraid of playing the body, but he is smart about it. Fraser doesnt go looking for the big hit but will if it helps causing a turnover.


Defense:

Above average defensive game, rarely finds himself out of position and strong on the faceoff dot. When he causes turnovers in his defensive zone he is able to slow it down and start the breakout.


Best Asset:

Fraser's best asset is his defensive play, coaches will love this. Responsible with the puck and once in the attacking zone he is able to create chances without being a liability defensively.


Biggest Concern:

My biggest concern is he taps out as a 3rd line center. I dont have any doubt he makes the NHL with his defensive play, but worry coaches will stick him in a checking role because of this.


Top Tier/Role Potential:

Tier 2, 2nd line center on a weaker team with 60-70 points.


Justification for Top Tier Assessment:

He definitely has the ability to make it as a playmaker racking up 40 assists as long as he is given the deployment into a top 6 role.


50th Percentile Tier/Role:

Tier 3 third line center that is defense first. 40 points


Justification for 50th Percentile Tier Assessment:

His defensive game is so strong coaches will probably slot him to shut down other top lines. He doesn't have the offensive game to force the coaches hand into giving him top 6 opportunity.


Stylistic Comparable:

Phil Danault, defense first, but able to put up points if he is given the right linemates and opportunity.


Scouts Final Thoughts and Additional Stats/Info:

I'm certain Fraser makes the NHL, but not overly excited for the points he will add to my fantasy team.


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