This draft profile is on Kitchener Rangers Centre Radek Faksa. This season is his first year playing in North America, he previously played in the Czech Republic for HC Trinec. He has also played for the junior Czech Republic national teams. He was selected 22nd overall in the 2011 CHL Import Draft. He might also fit in with an organisation that is beginning to collect Czech players such as Tomas Vincour and Matej Stransky.
Centre / Kitchener Rangers - OHL
September 1 1994
Hometown: Opava - Czech Republic
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Final CSS North America Rank: 7th
Future Considerations: 13th
Hockey Prospect: 20th
The Hockey Guys: 15th
Craig's List: 17th
What do they say about him?
‘Faksa has great size and does a pretty good job of utilizing it to his advantage. He's shown to be an effective two-way player and has displayed improved consistency this year. Faksa lacks a wow factor to his game, but he projects to be a very solid mid 1st round pick at this point.'
The Hockey Writers
‘Driven by a strong work ethic, Faksa is a player that competes with passion and a win-at-all cost approach. The offensive upside of Radek Faska is still relatively unknown but he does possess the skills to put up points at the next level. Faksa owns a hard accurate shot with good velocity and with soft playmaking hands and above-average puck protection skills he's a difficult player to compete against. Radek's best asset remains his overall balanced game andwhile he does not excel in one particular skill or area he offers a well-rounded package'.
'Faksa pairs outstanding hockey sense and offensive instincts, with his very good vision and passing skills to be an excellent playmaker. He also has a good wrist shot with an excellent release. Faksa is an above average skater, with good speed and strong balance which makes him difficult to knock off the pick. He isn't afraid to into traffic and to take hits to make plays for the Rangers. For these reasons we believe Faksa will be a top 6 centre at the NHL level'
Radek Faksa is clearly a well rounded centre prospect who must be very tempting for an organisation that is lacking in elite centre prospects. Though Faksa is unlikely to be a natural first line centre he is certainly capable of being a very good second line centre. He has done very well for a rookie playing for the first time in North America and this reflects positively for his future in the NHL. There is nothing really to fault in his game, except that he lacks a ‘wow' factor. If he is constantly good and not occasionally amazing and the rest of the time average then I am fine with him not having the ‘wow' factor.
Radek Faksa is one of the prospects that are on top of the Dallas Star's wishlist at the draft. He would go a long way to help put some depth in the centre prospect pool. It's also a possibility that he could be NHL ready by next season. The Stars have been cautious with their prospect development recently so it's unlikely if he was drafted by the Dallas Stars that he would be playing in the NHL next season. In my opinion I'm almost certain that if Radek Faksa is available by the time the Dallas Stars are picking then they will pick him.