BUFFALO NY - DECEMBER 28: Martin Frk #5 of the Czech Republic checks Erick Gudbranson #5 of Canada during the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship game between Canada and the Czech Republic at the HSBC Arena on December 28 2010 in Buffalo New York. Canada won 7-2. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Born: October 5, 1993 (Age 18)
From: Pelhrimov, CZE
Team: Halifax, QMJHL
Frk scored 16 goals and added 13 assists in 34 games for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL last season, but also missed time with a concussion. The book on Frk is that he's a goal-scorer with good puck skills. Not much of a setup guy, he's good in traffic and plays with an edge.
Both Eliteprospects.com and Hockey's Future mention that Frk is not much of a skater or a defensive player. He'll have to develop those skills before joining the AHL to work on conditioning.
You can follow Frk on twitter @frky91.
Jackets blog The Cannon wrote a Prospect Profile on Frk:
He plays a power forward style, choosing to go through defenses, rather than around them. He isn't particularly tall, but he plays like a wrecking ball on the ice. He is more than willing to take a hit, and has been bloodied at various points in his brief QMJHL career. A shot to the chops earned him a trip to the dentist, where we get to see a lighter side of Marty. To go along with his physical play, he also has an NHL-caliber shot. He can make his own space on the ice, and if he's anywhere near the hashmarks, he's absolutely lethal with his wrister.
His intense style of play can sometimes lead to bad penalties, but when a player can toe the line so well most of the time, and also score a ton of points, the occassional ugly minor can be forgotten. Additionally, he needs some work in the defensive zone, like so many of his fellow prospects. The good thing is, that can be coached when paired with effort.
As did Stars blog, Defending Big D:
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.
And Lighthouse Hockey, the SB Nation Islanders Blog.
Two summers ago he was the most coveted import and a top candidate for 2012. Last summer he was still expected to be a top 10 pick. This summer he's endured the darkness of a concussion-limited season and some expect he'll still be on the board well into the second round.
His name is Martin Frk, and he will keep your seamstress from having to buy a vowel.
A point-per-game kid in junior tournaments for the Czech Republic, his goal-scoring abilities are his strength, skating his weakness. Penalty discipline has also been mentioned as a concern. With his severe concussion issues halving his season, the right-shooting winger did rebound and put up 11 points in 17 playoff games for Halifax in the QMJHL.