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MARTIN FRK
Martin Frk
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Vitals: 6’0” / 205 lbs.
Birthdate: October 5, 1993
Hometown: Pelhrimov, Czech Republic
Acquired: Detroit’s first choice (49th overall) in the 2012 draft
CSS Ranking: 20th North American skater (2012)
Contract: 2016 (via CapGeek.com)
RWC Says: Scoring Winger

STORIES

AWARDS
  • 2010-11 RDS Cup QMJHL rookie of the year nominee
  • 2010-11 Michel Bergeron Trophy QMJHL offensive rookie of the year nominee
  • 2011-12 CHL Top Prospects Game selection
  • 2011-12 Mike Bossy Trophy QMJHL top professional prospect nominee
  • 2012-13 QMJHL President’s Cup Champion
  • 2012-13 CHL Memorial Cup Champion

HISTORY
2009-10
  • Spent season at Czech U-20 level with Karlovy Vary.
  • Finished seventh in Czech U-20 scoring race (41-28-30-58) and had league-leading 186 PIMs.
  • Selected third overall in CHL import draft by QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads.
2010-11
  • Joined Halifax for QMJHL rookie season and finished second in team scoring (62-22-28-50).
  • Tied for fourth among all QMJHL rookies in scoring, nominated for QMJHL rookie of the year.
  • Finished second in scoring for Czech Republic at WJC (6-3-3-6).
  • Represented Czech Republic at world U-18 championship in April (6-1-4-5).
2011-12
  • Ranked among TSN.ca’s top 17 prospects prior to start of the regular season.
  • Suffered pre-season concussion in August and was sidelined for close to four months.
  • Returned to lineup on Dec. 9 and finished season at close to point per game pace (34-16-13-29).
  • Although he returned to QMJHL lineup, opted to skip WJC because of sub-par conditioning.
  • Best stretch came from Jan. 13 through end of first round of QMJHL playoffs (29-18-13-31).
  • Struggled to produce in final two rounds of Halifax’s playoff run (13-1-5-6).
  • Appeared in CHL Top Prospects Game in Kelowna, B.C., in February.
  • Ranked as consensus second rounder prior to draft (32nd TSN, 42nd ISS, 45th THN.
  • Selected by Red Wings in second round (49th overall) in 2012 NHL draft.
  • Signed three-year entry-level contract with Red Wings in late July.
2012-13
  • Returned to QMJHL’s Halifax and got off to slow start (11-2-7-9).
  • Earned promotion to Halifax’s top line with Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin and broke out.
  • Finished regular season on an offensive tear (45-33-42-75).
  • Placed 13th in QMJHL scoring and second on Mooseheads (56-35-49-84, 180 SOG, plus-31).
  • Helped Mooseheads to top spot in QMJHL and CHL with phenomenal 58-6-3-1 record.
  • Enjoyed productive IIHF world junior championship with Czech Republic (6-3-1-4, 18 SOG, minus-1).
  • Recorded eight points (five goals, three assists) in QMJHL playoff opener against Saint John.
  • Finished second in QMJHL playoff scoring en route to President’s Cup (17-13-20-33, 68 SOG, plus-13).
  • Finished fourth in tournament scoring en route to CHL Memorial Cup (4-5-4-9, plus-7).
  • Recorded 51 goals and 66 assists for 117 points in his final 66 regular season and playoff games.

SCOUT COMMENTS
“He’s got tools — his skills, his shot, his hands, his vision, his strength on the puck. Those are NHL skills. Next year, when he starts the season with everyone else and grows with the pace of the game, the team that drafts him will see what kind of player he can become.” — Mooseheads head coach Dominique Ducharme (metronews.ca, June 2012) … “He has great ability to get into holes, he can shoot the puck, he knows what to do with it once he gets it and he can score. He’s got very good work ethic off the ice, he’s willing to compete, he’s willing to battle, he wants to go into the hard areas and get the puck … and he knows what it’s going to take at the next level.” — Red Wings scout Mark Leach (June 2012).

STRENGTHS
Boasts an absolute cannon of a shot that can terrorize opposing goaltenders … Screaming one-timer … Uses his good-sized frame to protect the puck … Excellent hands for scoring and passing … Can beat players 1-on-1 with his stick skills … Good vision and offensive awareness … Right-handed shot on right wing, but has also proven to be effective on the left side … Extremely dangerous on power plays, where coaches like to utilize him on the point for his intimidating shot.

WEAKNESSES
Skating is a step slow … Takes ill-timed, undisciplined, retaliatory penalties … Shot accuracy could improve … Could shoot more, and could take some steam off his shots to improve their accuracy … Doesn’t back-check as hard or as much as he should … Conditioning needs work.

PROJECTION
Frk did about as much as the Red Wings could have expected in 2012-13 in a bounce-back season from a concussion-plagued draft year. Playing on the best team in the CHL, Frk posted gaudy numbers and improved his work ethic en route to winning the Memorial Cup. He has tremendous offensive upside as a scoring winger and power-play quarterback with his incredible slap shot but will need to improve his one-step quickness significantly and learn to play smarter hockey to make it to the NHL. Expect him to suit up in the AHL with Grand Rapids in 2013-14.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2006-2007 HC Karlovy Vary U18 Czech U18 5 0 1 1 0 |          
 2007-2008 HC Karlovy Vary U18 Czech U18 44 25 17 42 56 | Playoffs 2 1 0 1
  Czech Republic U16 (all) International-Jr 3 0 0 0 2 |          
 2008-2009 HC Karlovy Vary U18 Czech U18 22 26 12 38 85 |          
  HC Karlovy Vary U20 Czech U20 16 8 12 20 6 |          
  Czech Republic U16 (all) International-Jr 8 3 5 8 8 |          
 2009-2010 HC Karlovy Vary U18 Czech U18 8 9 4 13 41 |          
  HC Karlovy Vary U20 Czech U20 41 28 30 58 186 | Playoffs 6 2 3 5
  Czech Republic U17 (all) International-Jr 7 6 3 9 12 |          
  Czech Republic U18 WJC-18 6 2 5 7 6 |          
  Czech Republic U18 (all) International-Jr 11 6 7 13 14 |          
 2010-2011 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 62 22 28 50 75 | Playoffs 4 0 2 2
  Czech Republic U18 WJC-18 6 1 4 5 2 |          
  Czech Republic U18 (all) International-Jr 7 1 4 5 2 |          
  Czech Republic U20 WJC-20 6 3 3 6 31 |          
  Czech Republic U20 (all) International-Jr 6 3 3 6 31 |          
 2011-2012 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 34 16 13 29 41 | Playoffs 17 5 6 11 26 
  Czech Republic U19 (all) International-Jr 3 2 0 2 4 |          
 2012-2013 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 56 35 49 84 84 | Playoffs 17 13 20 33 32 
  Halifax Mooseheads M-Cup 4 5 4 9 8 |          
  Czech Republic U20 WJC-20 6 3 1 4 16 |          
  Czech Republic U20 (all) International-Jr 7 3 3 6 20 |          
 2013-2014 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 50 3 9 12 22 |          
  Toledo Walleye ECHL 15 5 8 13 10 |          

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