Who the Heck is Martin Frk?

You might be asking yourself this question.  If you’re not, it’s possible that you’ve missed his 2 goals for the Red Wings this season.  Or, you remember the 2012 49th overall pick from his days in Halifax when he played alongside Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon.  The 24 year old Frk found himself drafted in the 2nd round of the 2012 draft by the Detroit Red Wings.  There’s a few things the Red Wings organization is notable for, but one of them is letting their prospects simmer and stew in their AHL program for a bit.  Frk is one such player.

His first 2 seasons in the AHL saw him bouncing between the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL.  He proved to be a cut above most ECHL competition netting 51 points in 44 games (28 goals).  His AHL numbers during those years were not as impressive though.  In those 2 years he played a total of 82 games scoring a total of 9 goals and 15 assists.

Then in 2015, something happened.  Frk went on to score 44 points in 67 games of full time AHL play.  At the beginning of last season, Frk was picked up off waivers by Carolina.  After 2 games in Carolina, they attempted to pass him through waivers and Detroit reclaimed him.  That season Frk put up 50 points in 65 AHL games.  Over the last 2 season of AHL play, in 127 combined games Frk has scored 54 goals and 40 assists for a total of 94 points.  This gives him a 0.74 point per game average the last 2 seasons.

So this season, Frk made Detroit’s opening night roster.  In a league dotted with 18 and 19 year old rookies and 20 year old reigning Hart Trophy winners, a 24 year old rookie might not stand out.  Unless he were to score 2 absolutely phenomenal goals in his first two games for the Red Wings.

You gotta watch this one from tonight against Ottawa.
“What a Frkin goal”

https://www.nhl.com/video/embed/frks-wrist-shot-opens-scoring/t-290847906/c-53274103?autostart=false

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