When he came over in a trade from Edmonton during the summer of 2011, it came with controversy. After it was revealed that Colin Fraser had suffered a broken leg prior to being traded, fans in Los Angeles were skeptical. The man who was traded for Ryan Smyth was off to an inauspicious start with his new club, but turned out to be a good fit anyway.
After taking part in 67 games in his first season with the Kings, then 33 during the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign, Fraser, 29, played in just 33 games this past season. During that time, the native of Sicamous, British Columbia, scored twice, added two assists and averaged just under nine minutes of ice time per game. Fraser then finished the season in Manchester where he scored three goals and three assists in 10 games for the Monarchs.
When he arrived to Los Angeles three summers earlier, Colin Fraser was more or less compensation for the Kings unloading a ton of cap space by trading away the aforementioned Ryan Smyth. Fraser has certainly helped out, adding depth to the Los Angeles roster and even chipping in as a grinder, but overall, his tenure with the Kings has now come and gone without any fanfare it seems.
With his contract now expired, Colin Fraser is moving on with his career. I sincerely hope that he will have a bigger role with his new team, wherever he decides to end up.
Overall grade for Colin Fraser: D-