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2012 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Martin Frk

Martin Frk, RW

Birthplace: Karlov Vary, Czech Republic, 10/5/93
Bio: 6’0, 200 lbs., R
Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL
Rankings: ISS – 43; CSS – 20 (NA)

The Skinny: With professional-grade size, physicality and a heavy shot; Martin Frk seemed to be a lock to be the second from the ‘Q’ off the board – but concussion issues have raised durability concerns and where he falls is anyone’s guess.


Martin Frk was one of the top 2012 prospects coming into this season. After a stellar rookie year where he tallied fifty points for Halifax, the Czech winger looked prepared to take his game (and draft stock) to the next level. However, after suffering a preseason concussion and not returning full-time till January (skipping the World Junior tourney in the process), it’s fair to say that Frk’s value has dropped significantly. However, a strong performance in the 2012 QMJHL postseason has earned him some first-round consideration.

While Frk is likely out of contention for a top-twenty pick in the 2012 Draft, Frk still brings a lot of value to the team that selects him. Offensively, that upside starts with his shot. Frk possesses a potent one-timer, capable of beating goaltenders from the high-slot as well as the circles. His wrister is heavy as well – with a lightning-quick release, though he tends to find chest protectors as often as twine. Frk also has a fair bit of ‘dangle’ to his game and can weave through traffic or play a more power-centric game.

Speaking of ‘power’, despite average size, Frk’s style is most reminiscent of a traditional ‘power-forward’ because of his tremendous grit, intense physicality (in particular a willingness to fight through checks), willing presence in the ‘dirty’ areas of the ice and solid puck-protection. He place with a noticeable edge and while this sometimes translates into discipline issues, the role of agitator/bully is one valued by teams league-wide.

Aside from durability worries, scouts and analysts point to his skating game as under-developed. While his lateral agility is decent, his acceleration and speed both are substandard for a prospect of his level. Coming off his concussion there were conditioning issues and questions about his commitment to healthy habits.

Furthermore, some find his overall offensive game to be substandard. His distribution/playmaking capabilities are wanting and he seems to have poor offensive acumen/hockey IQ. Frustrating fans and coaches alike with his under-utilization of teammates and frequent unnecessary turnovers, Frk will be a project for whoever drafts him.

His concussion issues are a serious concern and probably enough in and of themselves to bump him to ‘borderline’ first-round status. Unless some team falls in love with his postseason tear or some team in the late 20s is in love with the 2010-11 version that seemed to hold so much more promise, the Czech forward will probably fall into the second round – but still be the second from the ‘Q’ in 2012.

Ideal Fits: Teams in the late-first to mid-second round looking for grit and finish from a forward pick: Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary,

Why Your Team Will Take Him: Because he will find the back of the net; because he’s got some nasty to his game.

Why Your Team Will Pass on Him: Because his skating game isn’t up to snuff; because they’re worried about his concussion history

Strengths: Shooting, Physicality, Grit, Net-Drive, Pro Build, Shiftiness

Weaknesses/Concerns: Durability, Skating Game, Playmaking, Discipline, Conditioning, Hockey Sense

Projection: Second/Third Line Secondary Scorer/Agitator (25g, 50p potential)

Predicted 2012 NHL Draft Range: First/Second Round (28-47)

Overall Rank: 39

N.A. Rank: 29

QMJHL Rank: 2

Forward Rank: 20

Czech Republic Rank: 3

Bob is the Boston Bruins correspondent for The Hockey Writers and a credentialed member of the Providence Bruins' Media.

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