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Mark Fraser traded from Maple Leafs to Oilers for prospects

01/31/2014 11:44 EST | Updated 04/02/2014 05:59 EDT
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 had eight assists and plus-18 rating in 45 games.

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.
 

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