Martin Frk, RW
Hometown: Bochov, Czech Republic
Drafted 49th overall by Detroit in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft
April 2018 – Frk had a decent rookie campaign for the Wings, putting up 25 points in 68 games as a bottom-six forward with second-unit power play time. He will face competition for ice time going forward from other young prospects, such as Evgeny Svechnikov, but his booming shot should help him stay in the lineup. Frk’s value will depend on how much power play time he receives and he will likely be marginally useful in deep leagues. Mark Hillier
August 2017 – It was definitely an eventful season for Frk. After being taken back by Detroit when he was put on waivers by Carolina, Frk ended up scoring the Calder Cup game-winning goal for the Griffins in Game Six against the Syracuse Crunch. Frk finished the season with 50 points and, for the second year in a row, scored 27 goals for the Griffins in 65 games. He also produced five goals and 15 points in 16 playoff games. The Red Wings re-signed the young winger to a one-year contract. His shooting ability and goal-scoring prowess will be his most valuable asset as he tries to stick in the NHL. He led the Griffins last season in power-play goals with 12 and shots with 232. There's a real possibility that he ends up back on waivers, especially with players like Bertuzzi and Svechnikov perhaps surpassing him on the depth chart. Red Wings' head coach Jeff Blashil's words about Frk aren't overly encouraging. “For him to be a good NHL player, he is going to have to be a great power-play guy. Because his shot is his weapon… The other side of it for me is, we finished the year, the last 20-some games we were eighth in the league on the power play. I think we have a pretty good formula how to have success on that. I am not looking to switch around that formula very much. We are going to take that formula and we are going to try to hit the ground running with the momentum that it gained at the end of the season. That’s not to say other guys won’t challenge for some of those spots…" Jameson Ewasiuk
November 2016 – The Red Wings were able to right a regrettable mistake and re-acquire their seasoned Czech prospect Martin Frk. The nasty winger with a lethal shot impressed out of training camp but ultimately lost out on a roster spot to older bottom six veterans like Steve Ott and Drew Miller. Having to clear waivers to return to the AHL, the 23-year-old was quickly grabbed by the rebuilding Hurricanes but failed to make their lineup in his two game try out. After being placed on waivers again by Carolina, the Wings were able to reclaim their former draft pick and send him straight to Grand Rapids to rejoin his former teammates who could use an offensive jolt. He’ll most likely spend a significant amount of time in the AHL before being called up again, but playing another year along some of the top end talent in the Griffin’s lineup could be the best thing for his development. Joseph Highgate
October 2016 – After a 27-goal season in the AHL, Frk had a strong training camp for the Red Wings. But the team is very deep up front and so he was placed on waivers in order to be sent down. His camp was so impressive that Carolina claimed him and will give him a long look at the NHL level. With the right chemistry on a good line, you never know… Dobber
March 2016- Martin Frk has seemed to remember how to score goals and has done so consistently of late in helping the team go on an 11 game winning streak. After having only netting 9 goals in his previous two seasons where he combined to play 82 AHL games, the young Czech forward who was known for his sniping ability in Junior has finally lived up to the hype with 25 goals through 52 games. Frk, currently sits as Grand Rapids top goal scorer which would have been hard to predict coming into this season if only because he had only proven he could produce at the ECHL level to date ending with 38 points (23G-15A) in just 29 games good enough for an impressive 1.31 point-per-game average compared to his 0.29 AHL average. Some prospects take a little longer to adjust to the pro game and lifestyle and perhaps the Wings have a late bloomer on their hands with Frk who will be looking to prove he was worth the second round selection back in 2012. Keep an eye on him, but not someone to target after a breakout campaign as it's too early to tell if he will even make it to the NHL level. Travis Watson
March 2014- The Grand Rapids Griffins are going to be looking for some new chemistry to pair with their leading scorer Teemu Pulkkinen after the trade deadline move that sent out the promising Calle Jarnkrok. It appears that first in line to audition is the former Halifax Moosehead star Martin Frk. The dynamic Czech winger was moved to the wing opposite of Pulkkinen the day the trade was announced and responded with his second goal of the campaign. It hasn't been a season to remember for Frk to date with a disappointing 20 points in 52 combined games between Grand Rapids and Toledo of the ECHL. Frk is bound to get ample opportunites now with the departure of Jarnkrok and Red Wings brass will be hoping he will make the most of them. Travis Watson
May 2013- Frk tallied at least one point in every game of the 2013 Memorial Cup helping lead the Halifax Mooseheads to this years Memorial Cup Championship, the CHL’s most coveted prize. If having to defend MacKinnon and Drouin alone isn’t enough add Frk to the duo and it seemed to be the perfect compliment to help combine to be one of the more lethal line combinations in all of junior hockey. The Czech born Frk was able to finish up the tournament tied for fourth in scoring with 5G-4A-9PTS in four games played and was named to Memorial Cup All-Star team. Travis Watson
May 2013- Frk was able to continue his offensive touch helping Halifax easily dispose of Gatineau, Rouyn-Noranda and Baie-Comeau in a combined 13 games losing only one game in the entire playoffs on route to the 2013 Presidents Cup trophy. Frk put up nearly 2 points-per-game notching 13G-20A-33PTS in 17 games played more goals then both star studded linemates Jonathan Drouin and Nathan Mackinnon. Frk potted home a goal and an assist in the Halifax's opening game of the 2013 Memorial Cup helping upend the highly regarded Portland Winterhawks and number 2 ranked team in the CHL behind only the top rated Moosehead's. Look for the skilled power forward to continue to hit the scoresheet as Halifax continues to push towards capturing their first Memorial Cup Championship. Travis Watson
March 2013- Frk was firing on all cylinders helping easily dispose the QMJHL's defending champion Saint John Seadogs in 4 straight. Frk opened game 1 blasting home 5 goals and 8 points both franchise records for the Mooseheads club. He finished with 10 points in the series playing along side two of the top ranked draft prospects for 2013, Jonathan Drouin and Nathan Mackinnon. Travis Watson
January 2013- Frk is putting together a great year and will likely hit new career highs in all major categories. He is seeing time on a line with 2013 prospects, Nathan Mackinnon and Jonathan Drouin. He’s developing nicely and continues to be a key piece on the stacked Mooseheads. Derek LeBlanc
November 2012- After a mediocre start, Frk is starting to prove he can consistently produce. He’s currently riding a ten game point streak where he has scored 20 points, which included a seven game goal-scoring streak. – Derek LeBlanc
October 2012 – Statistically, Frk is off to a mediocre start with nine points through his opening 11 games but there is concern about his on-ice discipline as the Red Wings' prospect has already received two suspensions early in the season for spearing and slew footing, two penalties that can easily be avoided. Frk is at best when playing on the edge but until he can learn to stay on the right side of that edge he could have trouble showing he could be trusted on the ice. Brendan Ross
August 2012- Frk signed an entry level deal with the Detroit Red Wings after being selecting in the second round in the 2012 NHL draft. He also underwent minor arthroscopic knee surgery and will remain with the Halifax Mooseheads this season.
September 2012- Frk was suspended for the final two games of the pre-season for spearing Cape Breton Screaming Eagles defenceman Jonathan Oligny.
May, 2012: Frk is one of the top draft eligible players coming out of the QMJHL this year. Durability and consistency concerns could see him fall in the draft. He struggled once he returned, but started to produce during the last quarter of the season. His biggest asset is his booming shot, which might be among the best in the entire 2012 draft. He has a nasty, gritty side and is very strong on the puck. He’s the classic high risk, high reward prospect that a team will take their time with. Derek LeBlanc
March, 2012 – The Halifax Mooseheads’ Martin Frk possesses some of the best hands in the 2012 draft class. As a fantasy bonus to his offensive skills, Frk also has a bit of a nasty side. He tallied 186 penalty minutes playing in a Czech junior league at age 16. In the QMJHL however, the 18-year-old draft prospect has yet to tally the same lofty point totals that he routinely produced playing in his native Czech Republic and on the international stage. One reason for that could be that Frk played mostly on the second and third forward lines after returning from a concussion that cost him the first half of the 2011-12 season.
Fantasy Outlook: B-
Currently a bottom-six player whose excellent shot allows him to be effective on the power play.
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