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Stars Prospect Matt Fraser is Having A Great Playoff in Major Junior hockey
Give a lot of credit the Stars' Western Hockey League scouts. Led by Dennis Holland and Shane Churla, the Stars have turned up another couple of gems from the West.

After finding Jamie Benn in the fifth round in 2007, the Stars appear to have discovered two very good players in undrafted free agents Brenden Dillon and Matt Fraser. Dillon is a defenseman who already has played with the Texas Stars in the playoffs, while Fraser is a left wing who is advancing to the Memorial Cup with Kootenay.

Kootenay just won the Western Hockey League and now moves on to what amounts to the final four of Major Junior hockey. They will play in a round-robin tournament that begins May 20 with Owen Sound (Ontario Hockey League champ), St. John (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champs) and Mississauga (host team).

And Kootenay is there in large part because of Fraser, who has 17 goals in 19 playoff games. Those are the kind of numbers that Benn put up before he burst onto the scene and made the Stars straight out of juniors in 2009, but Les Jackson, the Stars director of scouting and player development, cautions that comparing Fraser to Benn is dangerous. (Continue Reading at
Posted on 05/17/11

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