The Los Angeles Kings have nominated defensive center Colin Fraser for the Bill Masterton Trophy, an award presented annually by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Though by definition it honors a player who displays "qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey", in recent years it has gone to a higher profile player who has missed significant time due to injury, illness or personal tragedy before returning to play a prominent role for their team.
While he figures to be a longshot to win the award, Fraser certainly plays a prominent role on the defensive-minded Kings, who have relied upon his defensive zone smarts, keen positioning and toughness during a 5-2 win over the visiting Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.
"Fraser does so many good things out there that just go unnoticed," defenseman Matt Greene said. "He's just such a subtle player, but he does everything right."
"He doesn't get a lot of credit for what he does, but in just terms of taking a...