Martin Frk
Image: QMJHL

Martin Frk

Hometown:

Karlovy Vary Czech Republic

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-10-05

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

2nd round (49th overall), 2012

Weight:

198 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Martin Frk was the leading scorer for HC Karlovy Vary iin the Czech U20 Extraliga and skated for the Czech Republic in the 2010 U18 World Junior Championship. Frk scored 28 goals with 30 assists and had a league-leading 186 penalty minutes in 41 games. He scored 2 goals with 3 assists in five playoff contests. Frk shared the team lead in points for the sixth-place Czechs at the U18 WJC with 2 goals and 5 assists and was plus-one with 6 penalty minutes in six games. He played eight games with HC Karlovy Vary U18 and scored 9 goals with 4 assists and had 41 penalty minutes. Frk was selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 2010 KHL Draft by Ygra Khanty-Mansiysk. The Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) selected him in the first round (3rd overall) of the CHL Import Draft.

2010-11: Frk was the second-leading scorer for Halifax in his first season in North America and played for the Czech Republic in the 2011 U20 and U18 World Junior Championship tournaments. Frk scored 22 goals with 28 assists and was minus-14 with 75 penalty minutes in 62 games with the Mooseheads. Halifax reached the QMJHL playoffs despite winning just 20 games. In the four-game first round series against Montreal, Frk had 2 assists and was minus-seven with 8 penalty minutes. At the U20 WJC, Frk led all players in the tournament with 31 penalty minutes and was the seventh-place Czech team's second-leading scorer with 3 goals and 3 assists; finishing minus-two in six games. Frk and Dmitrij Jaskin were the leading scorers for the Czechs at the U18 WJC with five points each. Frk scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was minus-two with 2 penalty minutes as the Czechs finished eighth.

2011-12: Frk suffered a concussion in the pre-season that kept him out until December but he had a strong second half as the Mooseheads were one of the QMJHL's big turnaround stories. He scored 16 goals with 13 assists and was minus-nine with 41 penalty minutes in 34 games. Halifax finished second to powerhouse Saint John's in the Maritimes Division and advanced to the playoff semifinals. In 17 playoff games Frk scored 5 goals with 6 assists and was an even plus/minus with 26 penalty minutes. Frk was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked 20th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Frk skated for the Memorial Cup champion Halifax Mooseheads and played for the Czech Republic in the 2013 World Junior Championship. Frk was the second-leading scorer for Halifax in his third season, scoring 35 goals with 49 assists in 56 regular season games, and was +31 with 84 penalty minutes. The Mooseheads had the QMJHL's best record and defeated Baie-Comeau in the league finals. Frk scored 13 goals with 20 assist in 17 playoff games and was +13 with 32 penalty minutes. Frk was fourth among all scorers at the Memorial Cup, finishing with 5 goals and 4 assists in four games. The Mooseheads defeated WHL champion Portland in the championship game.

 

Talent Analysis

An extremely raw prospect, Frk already possesses a pro-quality shot and plays with an edge, but the rest of his game needs work. Although his skating is often pointed to as his main weakness, his overall conditioning is a more pressing concern. Not just a triggerman on the ice, Frk has improved at carrying the puck and using his teammates more, but still requires more polish and development. As his mobility on the ice improves, so will his overall play.

 

Future

Frk bounced back from injury and had a phenomenal year in the QMJHL in 2012-13. For 2013-14, however, Frk will be learning how to adjust to the speed of the AHL as he joins Detroit's affiliate in Grand Rapids.

 

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