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McKeens Draft Guide - Radek Faksa

Has acclimated quickly to the OHL playing on the top line for the Kitchener Rangers and netting Ontario League Rookie of the Month honours for November .. physical specimen converted to wing for the WJC and was a fixture on the top PK unit from the outset of the turnament .. was otherwise sheltered at even strength and given only sparse powerplay duty .. however, he is a dominant player shorthanded thanks to his strength and mammoth wingspan .. stick is active but not always in the best place .. compensates with good reads and a knack for timing clears .. moves with a long, luxurious stride accentuated by strong, rhythmic footwork and edge control .. transfers weight seamlessly in and out of curls to maintain speed and balance .. smooth puckcarrier at high speed .. baits defenders using long swoops and body fakes .. as a left-handed shot, Faksa shields the puck on his backhand and uses his opposite shoulder to effectively box out defender .. both wrist and snapshot possess a sharp curl and snap, ever the more dangerous as he can deliver both at full power mid-deke .. slapshot is also a high-caliber weapon, so much so that he is often used as a pointman during powerplays .. physically engages, but only to the point required to maintain possession .. along with using his large frame to better intimidate opponents, Faksa could also improve his work rate .. is too languid on zone entries, minimizing his skill and size advantages while allowing opposing defenses to set up .. still, a rare mix of offensive talent and physical maturity that could eclipse the top fifteen come draft day

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