The Detroit Red Wings have selected winger Martin Frk with the 49th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. This, of course, proves that vowels are unnecessary and overrated. Frk, the native of Czech Republic, has spent the last two seasons playing for the Halifax Moosheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Frk averaged nearly a point per game last season, and should be able to bring his offensive ability and power to the Red Wings.
Frk stands an even 6’0″, and tips the scales at 200 pounds, giving him similar dimensions to Tomas Holmstrom, someone who has worked out alright for the Red Wings over the years. Frk said his favorite player growing up was Czech-born Jaromir Jagr, and that his current favorite player to watch is now his teammate, Pavel Datsyuk. Frk is a very physical player, and the amount of time spent in the penalty box over the last two seasons is very representative of that. Frk could easily end up being an “enforcer” type for Detroit, something they haven’t had over the last couple of seasons.
Frk was considered a first-round talent after his performance last season, but a concussion sidelined him for much of 2011-2012, dropping his value and making him a proverbial “steal” for the Red Wings in the second round. If Frk can improve his skating and ability and offensive awareness, the Red Wings could have a 30 goal-per-year goalscorer on their hands. Early on, this looks like Red Wings general manger Ken Holland is working his magic, yet again.