Martin Frk from the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL is our lucky profilee today. He's a 6'0 200 pound human that plays right wing and has a right handed shot. Frk sustained a concussion in the preseason this year after a promising campaign as a 17 year old. He missed most of the 2011-12 season due to the concussion.
Right Wing / Halifax Mooseheads / QMJHL
April 17, 2012
Hometown: Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
|2010-11 Halifax Mooseheads
|2011-12 Halifax Mooseheads
Craig Button: 59th
Hockey Prospectus: 33rd
What do they say about them?
Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus: (Yes, this is long. But it's worth every second you spend reading it.)
Martin Frk has been one of those names in the scouting industry who I've been hearing about for three if not four years already so it should go without saying that he has been highly touted for this draft class for quite some time. Frk is a very skilled player who has the ability that—if he pans out—to make a lot of highlight reels. He has excellent puck skills with a lot of flash to his game and looks very coordinated while handling the puck. Frk is also good at handling the puck while getting checked, driving the net, or getting his stick on loose pucks. He has one of the best shots in the draft with a one-timer that rockets off his tape that is equivalent to the shots of elite finishers. Frk certainly has the ability to scare many defensemen and goalies during his career and he will be the kind of forward who will be a fixture on the left point on a power play because of his trigger abilities. Despite being about 6'0", Frk is pretty strong and shows good muscle during his one-on-one battles, has a gritty side to his game, and even with slightly below-average size he'll be fine in the physical game due to a big lower body. His skating is below-average, and while I have heard a scout or two describe it as horrible, I don't think it's that bad and will suffice given his other qualities but his big frame relative to his size contributes a bit to his lack of speed on top of mechanical issues. Another divided topic from scouts is Frk's hockey sense/vision, as some say it's solid and some say it's poor.
An extremely raw prospect, Frk already possesses a pro-quality shot and plays with an edge, but the rest of his game needs work. Although his skating is often pointed to as his main weakness, his overall conditioning is a more pressing concern. Not just a triggerman on the ice, Frk has improved at carrying the puck and using his teammates more, but still requires more polish and development. As his mobility on the ice improves, so will his overall play.
The two main issues that come up with Frk are the concussion from this year and his conditioning. He's a big kid with a good shot who isn't afraid to play the physical game. Some felt he was a top 15 pick prior to this season, and now he's looking at probably going in the 2nd round. He will very likely be available when the Stars pick in the second round. He could be a steal for any team that can clear him medically (shouldn't be a problem) that thinks they can develop his conditioning to the point that his offensive skills are able to actualize at the NHL level.