Sr. | F | Burnaby, British Columbia
Key Statistics: Jesse Fratkin entered his junior season with just two points in 39 career games. But given an opportunity to earn ice time and chances to contribute, Fratkin had 17 points in 34 games as a junior on seven goals and 10 assists.
What He Does: Fratkin’s greatest asset is his speed and he relishes the chance to get in on the play and make things happen. He can play on the wing or in the middle and pays equal attention to both ends of the ice.
The Bigger Picture: Fratkin’s breakout junior season epitomized what happened with the Brown Bears under first-year head coach Brendan Whittet. Guys were given an opportunity to make plays and given a chance to do so. As Fratkin described, it was a hybrid of European creativity and Canadian ethic that showed itself in a 3-0 ECAC Hockey consolation game victory. Patience with the puck and opportunistic finishing sent the Bears out on a winning note. They look to improve their regular-season standing this year.
Brown coach Brendan Whittet on Fratkin’s emergence: “I thought he had a great year. He was a guy with great speed and a lot of natural ability. When we moved him to center at the end of the year he did a great job in our own end. He just needed an opportunity.”