Radek Faksa
Image: NHL

Radek Faksa

Hometown:

Opava Czech Republic

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-01-09

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

1st round (13th overall), 2012

Weight:

203 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

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.  

Talent Analysis

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.

Future

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.

2015 NCAA Hockey Tournament Preview: East, Midwest regionals feature strong Minnesota State, Miami squads

by DJ Powers
on

Joey Laleggia - University of Denver; Jimmy Vesey - Harvard University - 2015 NCAA Tournament - East & Midwest Regionals

Photo: University of Denver defenseman Joey LaLeggia (L) and Harvard University forward Jimmy Vesey (R) are two standouts taking part in the East and Midwest regionals at the 2015 NCAA Hockey Tournament (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

 

The 16 schools that make up the field for the 2015 NCAA Hockey Tournament have been chosen, with the regionals that makeup the tournament getting underway beginning today. Two of those regionals, the Northeast and West, go off today and were previewed by Hockey’s Future yesterday. The East and Midwest regionals begin tomorrow, and are previewed below. Read more»

Colorado Avalanche NCAA and European prospects are long shots to make NHL club

by Chau Vo
on

Anton Lindholm - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Colorado Avalanche prospect Anton Lindholm has helped his SHL team into the league semi-finals with two points in a first-round sweep. (courtesy of Skelleftea AIK/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

 

With the exception of Will Butcher, it still remains to be seen just where the Avalanche’s NCAA and European prospects fit into the team’s long-term plans.

Butcher is a big part of the University of Denver Pioneers blueline and has had international success with Team USA in junior tournaments. Ben Storm, however, has not seen much more than bottom pairing minutes with his respective NCAA team. Both get the chance to participate in the NCAA Tournament however.

Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Shore opens scoring for Kings in win over Islanders

by Ken McKenna
on

Nick Shore - Los Angeles Kings

Photo: Los Angeles Kings rookie forward Nick Shore (#37) tips home a shot by teammate Dustin Brown in the Kings’ 3-2 win over the New York Islanders (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

The defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings are making a late-season push to secure a place in the 2015 postseason, with Kings rookie forward Nick Shore making his own contribution to the cause. Shore scored the first goal of the game for the Kings – his first NHL goal – to help get his team moving towards a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Carrick nets lone Leafs’ goal in loss

by Ken McKenna
on

Sam Carrick - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs rookie forward Sam Carrick played four seasons in the OHL with the Brampton Battalion before turning pro in the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire)

 

The game may not be memorable for his teammates, but Toronto Maple Leafs forward Sam Carrick won’t likely forget it as he netted his first NHL goal – the only goal of the game for the Leafs – in a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. Read more»

Buffalo Sabres possess a deep pool of late-rounders at the NCAA level

by Jason Chen
on

Photo: Hudson Fasching scored a goal and two assists for Team USA at the World Junior Championships. (Courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Photo: Hudson Fasching scored a goal and two assists for Team USA at the World Junior Championships. (Courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

The Buffalo Sabres have a long-term plan, and despite the pain and suffering the team has experienced this season, the team has been continued to lay down the foundation for the next two decades. Read more»

Related Articles