Chris Frank
Broncos Athletics

Chris Frank

Hometown:

Lynnwood Washington

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1986-01-08

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2006

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

7th round (188th overall), 2006

Weight:

213 lbs.

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History

2004-05: Played final season as an assistant captain with Cowichan Valley Capitals in the BCHL. Led the team in penalty minutes for the second straight season. Appeared in the 2005  BCHL All-Star Game. Named team playoff MVP and top defensive defenseman. Named to all-star second team. Earned Capitals’ most improved and most inspirational player awards.

2005-06: Frank became one of the CCHA’s most dominant forces on the blueline this season. He, along with junior Ryan Mahrle made up the Broncos top defensive pairing this season, averaging nearly thirty minutes a game. Frank posted four points (two goals, two assists) in 38 games. He missed two games back in December due to a separated shoulder. His 127 penalty minutes rank second in the nation. Frank’s first collegiate career point (a power play goal) came back on November 19 in Western Michigan’s 5-3 win over Michigan State.

2006-07: Played sophomore year for the Broncos. Finished season second on team in blocked shots (41).

2007-08: Played his junior season at Western Michigan University. His point production decreased, as did his penalty minutes. As the latter shows growth in his game, the numbers game is not as important as Frank continues to develop into a pure defensive-defenseman.

Talent Analysis
Frank is a punishing defensive defenseman with size. He is ultra-aggressive, and thrives in the physical part of the game. He can deliver the bone-crushing hits. Frank makes tremendous use of his enormous frame and body strength, particularly in one-on-one situations. He skaters with long, very powerful strides and moves quite well for a man his size. He is a tough competitor who works hard. Frank possesses good puck skills. He has shown confidence with the puck and makes nice outlet passes.

One area of Frank’s game that has really grown over the course of his rookie season has been in his defensive zone positioning. His improved positioning has made him a more effective defender. As Frank’s overall game continues to grow and develop, the weaker parts of his game, particularly knowing when to jump into plays, should improve as well

Future
Unsigned by Phoenix.