Mark Fraser will have another chance to play on a National Hockey League blue-line, just not in Toronto.
The Maple Leafs on Friday traded rugged defenceman Mark Fraser to Edmonton for prospect Cameron Abney and the rights to fellow prospect Teemu Hartikainen, a restricted free-agent left-winger.
Fraser, 27, had been a healthy scratch for the past 11 games as head coach Randy Carlyle appeared to like the gritty game shown by recent trade acquisition Tim Gleason.
The six-foot-four, 220-pound rearguard didn't show the same consistency in his own end as he did in the lockout-shortened season of a year ago when Fraser partnered with Cody Franson and had eight assists and plus-18 rating in 45 games.
He did suffer a setback in last year's Stanley Cup playoffs when a shot by Boston's Milan Lucic hit Fraser in the forehead and fractured his skull.
And then the start of Fraser's 2013-14 campaign was delayed until Nov. 9 by a knew injury.
Fraser is expected to make his Oilers debut on Saturday at Boston. He would be the fourth Edmonton player to play for his ex-Toronto Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins, who left the American Hockey League team last off-season to join the Oilers. Goaltender Ben Scrivens and forwards Ryan Hamilton and Will Acton are the others.
"He's highly competitive and has a growl to him," Eakins told reporters of Fraser.
Edmonton drafted Abney, a right-winger, in the third round (82nd overall) in 2009. The 22-year-old is currently a member of the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL.
Hartikainen, 23, has played in 52 games with the Oilers over three seasons, posting six goals and 13 points.
He is playing for Ufa Salavat Yulayev in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League this season and has 13 goals and 27 points in 43 contests.
Hartikainen the Oilers' sixth-round pick (163rd overall) in the 2008 NHL draft.