Former Edmonton Oilers head scout Barry Fraser has died at the age of 82.
Fraser, who reportedly had numerous health issues, passed away Sunday morning, the Edmonton Oilers announced.
There were few players in the history of the Oilers’ organization who had such as meaningful impact as that of Fraser. Hired by the Oilers in 1979-90 as their director of scouting, his eye for talent was massive.
Let’s run through some of his early drafts:
- 1979: Kevin Lowe, 21st overall. Mark Messier, 48th overall. Glenn Anderson, 69th overall.
- 1980: Paul Coffey, 6th overall. Jari Kurri, 69th overall. Andy Moog, 132nd overall.
- 1981: Grant Fuhr, 8th overall. Steve Smith, 111th overall.
- 1982: Jaroslav Pouzar, 83rd overall.
- 1983: Jeff Beukeboom, 19th overall. Esa Tikkanen, 80th overall.
Oilers scout Barry Fraser sits in the stands at the Northlands Coliseum circa 1990. LARRY WONG / Postmedia
Despite that, he was a scout until his final days.
“After he died, I found these notes on the coffee table, things he’d written on pieces of paper,” Fraser’s wife, Tina, told Matheson, “So and so’s name, what he thought. He was an armchair scout from the day he retired.”
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at [email protected]