The Halifax Mooseheads are the highest scoring team in the Canadian Hockey League, but Detroit Red Wings draft pick Martin Frk has yet to secure a big piece of the action.
Frk, who the Red Wings drafted in the second round, 49th overall, in June, has three goals and 11 assists in 14 games and is being used in a secondary scoring role behind potential top-10 2013 draft choices Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin.
That duo is perhaps the most dangerous in the QMJHL, combining for 28 goals and 24 assists for 52 points in 16 games even though Drouin missed six of those contests with an injury.
The Mooseheads, meanwhile, have scored 85 goals in 16 games — an average of 5.3 per outing — and are 15-1 courtesy of an active 13-game winning streak.
“This is kind of the first time in his young hockey career that he’s facing adversity — overseas in the Czech Republic, he was always the go-to guy,” said Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer. “Being on a great team like Halifax has, it’s different. It’s challenging and he’s finding his way, how to be productive, how not to get down on himself, and how to hopefully provide some secondary scoring.”
Frk sees regular time with MacKinnon and Drouin on the power-play point but otherwise has been used on lower lines, most recently on the third unit with Nashville Predators draft pick Brent Andrews, a two-way centre.
Fischer watched two Mooseheads games on the weekend. After the first game on Saturday he met with Frk and gave him some pointers. In Sunday’s game, Frk responded with a goal and an assist and was named the first star.
The 6-foot 203-pounder went as far as to call Sunday the first good game he played all season, so it’s clear he plans on doing more damage.
“He just has very high standards for himself and that’s how it should be,” Fischer said. “Every player who ever became successful has that quality. They’re always hungry and never satisfied with their performance.”
Fischer said Frk needs to be more consistent and more dangerous in his role — attacking aggressively, putting pucks on net, and chasing down loose pucks and rebounds. But while saying that Frk “needs to get better,” he also raved about his upside.
“It’s unlimited,” Fischer said. “Historically he’s been able to do whatever he wanted on the ice so his upside is going to be determined based on how strong he is mentally.”
NOTES: Defenseman Xavier Ouellet (Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL) was named his league’s first star of the week on Tuesday after posting a goal and seven assists in three games. He’s second in QMJHL defense scoring … Center Landon Ferraro (Grand Rapids, AHL) is off to a great start to his sophomore season. He has two goals and three assists in seven games and is building off a good rookie campaign … Goaltender Petr Mrazek has been recalled to the AHL and will join Grand Rapids after going 2-1 with a 2.02 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage in three ECHL starts with Toledo.
Following is this week’s statistical report.
SKATERS: REGULAR-SEASON REPORT
|Ferraro, Landon||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||7||2||3||5||2||+1||15|
|Andersson, Joakim||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||6||1||1||2||10||-3||14|
|Parkes, Trevor||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||7||2||1||3||9||0||10|
|Lashoff, Brian||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||7||0||2||2||0||-3||8|
|Nyquist, Gustav||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||7||4||3||7||2||+2||26|
|Smith, Brendan||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||7||1||3||4||4||+1||16|
|Tatar, Tomas||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||7||4||4||8||4||+2||23|
|Almqvist, Adam||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||4||0||0||0||4||-1||2|
|Nicastro, Max||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Raedeke, Brent||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||4||0||1||1||4||0||1|
|Sheahan, Riley||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||6||0||1||1||2||0||4|
|Aubry, Louis-Marc||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||7||1||1||2||6||-1||6|
|Callahan, Mitchell||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||5||0||1||1||11||+1||1|
|Jurco, Tomas||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||7||1||1||2||2||-1||7|
|Fournier, Gleason||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||1||0||0||0||4||0||0|
|Jensen, Nick||St. Cloud State||WCHA||NCAA||6||0||6||6||4||0||11|
|De Haas, James||Penticton||USHL/JR-A||BCHL||17||3||7||10||6||0||–|
|Sproul, Ryan||Sault Ste. Marie||CHL||OHL||7||1||8||9||12||+5||–|
|Nedomlel, Richard||Swift Current||CHL||WHL||17||0||8||8||34||-3||–|
|Marchenko, Alexei||CSKA Moscow||EUR||KHL||19||3||2||5||4||+3||12|
GOALIES: REGULAR SEASON REPORT
|McCollum, Thomas||Grand Rapids||AHL||4||2||1||1||0||3.13||.891|
|Pearce, Jordan||Grand Rapids||AHL||3||0||3||0||0||4.38||.847|