Six-foot-7 Tyler Myers and Matt Frattin get into it after a Frattin hit on Thursday.
Matt Frattin is headed to Hollywood.
The former Hobey Bakey finalist from UND was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday along with former Cornell goalie Ben Scrivens. The Leafs received goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
Frattin has played part of three seasons with the Leafs, tallying 15 goals in 82 games. The Edmonton native has one year left on his contract and is scheduled to be paid $950,000. It is a one-way deal.
The Kings had ample opportunity to watch Frattin play during his college years as Frattin was teammates with Brett Hextall for three years. Brett’s father, Ron, is the assistant general manager of the Kings.
It was also believed that former Leafs GM Brian Burke was unwilling to part with Frattin in trade talks. Now that Burke is gone, Frattin has been moved.
In Los Angeles, Frattin will become a teammate with former UND defenseman and captain Matt Greene. Frattin’s old UND teammate, Derek Forbort, also is a member of the Kings’ organization.
Matt Frattin got sent down to start the season and missed the first three games. He has played in the last three with the Leafs and is already the team’s leading goal scorer and is one point shy of leading the team in overall scoring.
He got there thanks to his two-goal performance Tuesday night, which included his overtime winner with less than two seconds remaining. The video is below.
Matt Frattin scored his AHL playoff-leading 10th goal to clinch the Toronto Marlies’ series victory over Oklahoma City in the semifinals.
But that goal will cost him the next four months.
Frattin suffered a season-ending knee injury that will force him to have surgery. Damien Cox of the Toronto Star reported that the surgery is expected to keep Frattin out for the next four months, which means he will miss training camp.
The Calder Cup Finals between Toronto and the Norfolk Admirals will begin Friday night.
Frattin played most of the season with the Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring eight goals and 15 points in 56 games for the Leafs. General manager Brian Burke moved Frattin and Jake Gardiner back to the AHL for the playoff run at the end of the season.
Frattin is a restricted free agent this summer. Look for the Leafs to lock him up, as Burke is a big fan.
Matt Frattin’s Beast Mode has hit the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Frattin scored two goals to give the Toronto Marlies a 3-1 victory over the Oklahoma City Barons to clinch a spot in the Calder Cup Finals (Chris VandeVelde scored the lone goal for the Barons).
Frattin leads the AHL playoffs in goals with 10, and he was trending on Twitter in all of Canada after his two-goal performance in Game 3.
The Marlies will take on the Norfolk Admirals, who I believe are 39-3 in the last 42 games and big favorites to win the Calder Cup.
But the Maple Leafs put Frattin and Jake Gardiner, who are NHL players, in with the Marlies for the playoff run and they are 11-2 in the playoffs.
Frattin is being talked about as a leading candidate for MVP honors at this point.
Former Sioux standout Matt Frattin scored his first NHL goal tonight for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 7-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.
Former Denver forward Joe Colborne fed Frattin, who was flying up the right wing. Frattin snapped a shot top shelf on the stick side of Tomas Vokoun.
Interestingly enough, Dillon Simpson’s dad, Craig, was calling the game for CBC and immediately dropped a North Dakota Fighting Sioux reference and talked about how it was a vintage Frattin goal. He would know.
Hobey Baker finalist Matt Frattin has made the Toronto Maple Leafs and will play on either the first or second line Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens. The Leafs made their final cuts on Monday.
Also of note, former Sioux captain Chris Porter has made the St. Louis Blues out of camp after playing 45 games with the Blues last season.
Former Sioux standout Ryan Johnson will be looking for a spot to catch on. The Detroit Red Wings released him at the end of training camp.
We now know where almost all of the members of last season’s Sioux team will start this season.
The Winnipeg Jets sent Jason Gregoire to St. John’s on Sunday.
The Colorado Avalanche sent Brad Malone to Lake Erie (Cleveland) on Sunday (look out Ohio, this means both Malone and Evan Trupp are going to be invading your state).
And all signs are pointing to Matt Frattin being on the opening-day roster of the Toronto Maple Leafs. There was speculation that he was battling Nazem Kadri for the final spot (or that both could make it). Kadri now is injured and the Leafs are saying that Frattin is “NHL ready.”
Earlier last week, the Minnesota Wild assigned Chay Genoway to Houston and the Phoenix Coyotes assigned Brett Hextall to Portland.
With Brent Davidson in Sweden, Trupp under contract with ECHL Cincinnati and Derrick LaPoint under contract with ECHL Reading (Pa.), the last player’s destination to be determined is Jake Marto.
Marto is on a two-way contract with St. John’s (AHL) and Colorado (ECHL) in Winnipeg’s organization.
Several other Sioux are in NHL camps right now without a contract for the season (to my knowledge), including Ryan Johnson, David Toews, Joe Finley and Corey Fienhage.
Despite being sent down to start the year, keep an eye on transactions throughout the year. There’s a good chance that Gregoire, Malone and Genoway could make it to the show by the end of the season.
In the heat of a season, we all know that injuries and ailments are often times kept quiet in the hockey world.
When the season ends, sometimes you hear stories about what players battle through during the year and such is the case with UND’s star player last year, Matt Frattin.
Apparently, Frattin suffered a deep gash on his foot in late November and was in a walking boot and on crutches on Thanksgiving. The Sioux played the next day, but Frattin apparently never considered missing any games.
The four games he was ailing the most came against Notre Dame and St. Cloud State. Not only did Frattin play, he tallied seven points in those four games. He also had a goal disallowed against Notre Dame that replays later showed should have counted.
The second game against Notre Dame also served as the start of a stretch where Frattin scored a goal in eight straight games — one of the longest goal-scoring stretches in Sioux hockey history.
Frattin’s goal streak was extremely impressive in itself. To learn that he was on crutches and in a boot two days before it started is hard to believe.
Frattin is getting ready for his first NHL training camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he should be a contender for a roster spot. He was recently interviewed on the Leafs’ site and he called his time at UND the best four years of his life. Watch it here.
Matt Frattin has been named the North Dakota male college athlete of the year by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportswriters and Sportsbroadcasters Association.
The Sioux also were named the men’s college team of the year.
Frattin led the country with 36 goals last season, was named the WCHA player of the year and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.
The Sioux tied for third in program history with 32 victories, won the Kendall Hockey Classic, the Subway Holiday Classic, the Hall of Fame Game, the MacNaughton Cup, the Broadmoor Trophy and the NCAA Midwest Regional.