2009-10: Radek Faksa appeared in three games for HC Trinec’s U20 team in his native Czech Republic as a 16-year-old and put up big numbers for the club’s U18 squad. He was scoreless with 2 penalty minutes in his brief time with HC Trinec U20. Faksa was the second-leading scorer for the U18 team, scoring 19 goals with 19 assists and had 52 penalty minutes in 36 games.
2010-11: Faksa split the season between HC Trinec’s U20 and U18 squads and represented the Czech Republic at the 2011 U18 World Junior Championship. Faksa scored 9 goals with 6 assists and 12 penalty minutes in 24 regular season games for HC Trinec U20 and added 2 goals and 2 assists in two playoff contests. In 28 games with HC Trinec U18 he scored 19 goals with 30 assists and had 32 penalty minutes. On a Czech team that finished a disappointing eighth at the U18 WJC, Faksa skated in all six games and was -4 with no points and 2 penalty minutes. Faksa was selected by Kitchener (OHL) in the 1st round (22nd overall) of the 2011 CHL Import Draft.
2011-12: Faksa was the third-leading scorer for the Kitchener Rangers in his first season in North America and skated for the Czech Republic at the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. In 62 regular season games he scored 29 goals with 38 assists and was plus-19 with 47 penalty minutes. The Rangers reached the West Conference finals in the playoffs and in 13 playoff games Faksa was -3 with 2 goals, 4 assists and 10 penalty minutes. Faksa scored 2 goals with 4 penalty minutes and was -3 in six games at the U20 WJC as the Czech Republic rode the impressive goaltending of Petr Mrazek to a fifth-place finish. Faksa was ranked 7th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: Faksa played in two AHL games as a 19-year-old following his second season with the Kitchener Rangers and played for the Czech Republic in the 2013 World Junior Championship. He had 1 assist and was -1 in his brief stint with Dallas affiliate Texas. Faksa had a difficult second year with Kitchener, missing time in the fall due to illness and then suffering a knee injury in January. In 39 OHL games he scored 9 goals with 22 assists and was -1 with 26 penalty minutes. He played in 10 playoff games, scoring 4 goals with 2 assists, and was -3 with 4 penalty minutes. In six games for the Czech Republic at the WJC he had 2 assists and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes.
2013-14: Faksa joined Dallas AHL affiliate Texas following a challenging third OHL season; skating in all 21 playoff games as the Stars captured the Calder Cup. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -2 with 6 penalty minutes in six regular season AHL games. The Stars finished first in the West Division, taking an epic seven-game series with Toronto in the Western Conference finals before defeating St. John’s in five games in the Calder Cup finals. Faksa scored 4 goals and was +2 with 8 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games. After attending NHL camp with Dallas, he was returned to Kitchener and played 30 games before being acquired by Sudbury in a trade deadline deal in January. In 59 regular season games between the two teams he scored 21 goals with 27 assists and was -9 (-8 with the Rangers) with 48 penalty minutes. The Wolves finished second in the Central Division and lost a first round playoff series to third-place Barrie. Faksa scored 1 goal (a power play goal) with 2 assists and was an even plus/minus with 10 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He played for the Czech Republic U20 team in the 2014 World Junior Championship. In six games he scored 2 goals and was -3 with 4 penalty minutes.
Faksa is a big, strong, young center that has pro size and strength. An all-around talent with a good head for the game he has value all over the rink and at any forward position. He thinks the game very well and it makes up for his overall lack of flash. He’s an adept passer that finds seems in the defense. He has a good selection of shots that he can use from anywhere, including the point on the power play. Faksa is a useful penalty killer with terrific anticipation skills. His overall commitment to the game is noteworthy and he’s a good, smart worker on the rink. Faksa uses his body and dishes some punishing hits but doesn’t do it as often as his ability would dictate. He uses his big body to shield off would-be defenders but doesn’t have breakaway speed. His first step or two could use some work and his overall top speed is no better than slightly above average. His technique is not poor, so with strength and experience he should be able to improve somewhat.
Faksa skated in the Traverse City rookie tournament and attended training camp with Dallas before being assigned to AHL affiliate Texas to start the 2014-15 season. In his first year of pro hockey, Faksa is skating in a lower line role as he makes the adjustment from junior to pro hockey. Following last year's disappointing junior season, he has had the ups and downs of many 20-year-olds competing against older professionals for the first time. Generally considered a long-term project with the prototypical frame of an NHL power forward, he will likely take a few years to refine his game. His high end potential suggests he can one day be a strong two-way second line center, like a less talented version of Eric Staal. It is equally likely he ends up spending his career at the minor level or heading to Europe.