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Fraser OK with first to worst

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:47 PM ET

He may be going from first to worst, but Colin Fraser couldn't be happier.

The former Chicago Blackhawk hit the ice for the first time as a member of the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

"I'm really excited, they're obviously in a rebuilding process here and it's good to be a part of," Fraser said. "I had a good time in Chicago obviously, and it was sad to leave, I liked all the guys, I liked the city, but it's closer to home here in Edmonton and I played junior in Red Deer and I'm really looking forward to starting the year here."

Fraser, 25, spent the previous two seasons with the Blackhawks, winning the Stanley Cup with the club last year.

The native of Sicamous, B.C., had seven goals and 12 assists in 70 games last season, then saw spot duty in the playoffs, suiting up in three games.

"My deal was up and once the season was over I knew I was going to be traded, plain and simple, just because they didn't have money to sign anyone," said Fraser. "It was just a matter o and when they called me to say I had been traded to Edmonton, right a was excited about c back to Canada and g a chance to play clos home."

Skating on a line with Jones and Linus Omark on the first day of training Fraser will be battling f spot on the Oilers bot two lines.

He's capable of being a good shut-down centr can kill penalties and win faceoffs.

"Playing with Chic it was such a deep te it was tough to get mor ice time without taking it away from someone els Fraser said. "With that being said, I do have t prove myself and pla well. I hope that I get the opportunity to prove that I can play more than seven or eight minutes on a fourth line and fill a good checking role and good energy role and chip in offensively when I can."


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