North-South center with above-average intelligence and defensive abilities. Needs to round out his puck skills and add some finesse, but could become a middle-six forward at the NHL level.
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July 2022 – The Toronto Maple Leafs have selected Minten in the second round of the 2022 NHL Draft, 38th overall. Nick Richard
June 2022 – Fraser Minten has one of the higher IQs, both offensively and defensively among forwards in the draft. During the regular season and postseason, Fraser was just 17 years old, as he is on the younger side of prospects in this class. He shows off his strongest asset in all parts of the game, where he helps his team win puck battles and escape on breakouts, but also reads plays and anticipates well. While Minten may not excite you with his play every night, he is a player that a coach can trust on both sides of the puck. As the season progressed, Minten began to take more shots on goal and his offensive involvement and assertiveness seemed to improve as well. Not only did Fraser shoot more, but he also seemed to be more active in trying to create offense, doing so with more high-danger scoring opportunities as a result of his passing or filling lanes. Even though Minten’s faceoff percentage was well below average, he plays the game well for a centerman. He remains in the middle of the ice, head-up and active stick when defending, and is offensively gifted enough to produce at this level. With this only being a glimpse into his future game, scouts must hope that these translatable traits can help Fraser build upon his already solid foundation. Evan Pace
May 2022 – Minten had a solid season on both sides of the ice, collec