When the Dallas Stars drafted center Radek Faksa 13th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft there were some who said he was close to NHL-level competency right then and there, but a bit of a down season exacerbated by multiple injuries cooled talk on Faksa and his rank among Stars prospects took a dip last year.
At Stars Inside Edge, Mr. Stepneski details Faksa's year and speaks with Les Jackson about his overall development, including this road map to the rest of the young man's summer and fall...
"He'll spend the summer here with us (training), go to Traverse City (for the NHL Prospects Tournament), go to training camp and then go back to Kitchener, which is good because that's where he should be," said Jackson. "He's going to get a lot of ice there, he and the coach have a good relationship and I suspect he will take a big step next year." [Stars Inside Edge]
Also detailed is his time with the Texas Stars to end the 2012-2013 season, where it's said his unfamiliarity with the systems there limited his effectiveness.
Read the whole report by Mark at Stars Inside Edge.
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