Oilers shore up defense with Mark Fraser acquisition from Leafs

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Edmonton, AB, Canada (4E Sports) – The Edmonton Oilers fortified their lineup Tuesday with veteran defenseman Mark Fraser from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Cameron Abney and the rights to Teemu Hartikainen.

Fraser, 27, has one assist, a minus-8 rating and 33 penalty minutes in 15:12 of ice time in 19 games.

He was out for October and in two games in November due to knee injury.

Last season, Fraser had eight assists and a plus-8 rating in 45 games and played in the Leafs’ first four Stanley Cup Playoff games.

In parts of six seasons with the New Jersey Devils and Maple Leafs, Fraser has 17 points and a plus-12 rating in 162 games.

Abney, 22, was a 2009 third-round pick (No. 82) of the Oilers. The 6-foot-5, 219-pounder has one goal and three assists in 20 games with the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL.

Hartikainen, 23, was a 2008 sixth-round pick (No. 163) of the Oilers. He had one goal and two assists in 23 games with the Oilers last season. He’s playing for Salavat Yulaev in the Kontinental Hockey League this season, where he has 13 goals and 27 points in 43 games.

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