With the No. 13 Overall Selection Dallas Stars Pick Radek Faksa

With the No. 13 overall selection, the Dallas Stars have delected Radek Faksa.

 

Faksa is a big, strong two-way center that plays for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League, who can skate very well for his size.

He’s good off the rush, and while he’s not extremely creative he is capable of producing offensively.

Faksa has an above average shot, is a good passer and is never afraid to get physical. He drives the net hard, goes to the dirty areas of the ice and never takes a shift off. He’s a smart player; he understands his role and what he needs to do to achieve success and will do anything he can to help his team win, making him a team first player.

Faksa can produce offensively against opposing team’s top defenseman, and he can shut down their top forwards. He’s not dynamic, but he’s effective. 

Faksa is one of the more rounded players in the upcoming draft, but that doesn’t mean he’s flawless. While he’s effective at both ends of the rink, he’s not as offensively gifted as a potential top-10 pick up front can be.

He is good offensively, just not explosive and dynamic. Faksa needs to fill out his body a little more to allow himself to be more dominant physically.

 The size is already there. He has been compared to Rangers’ graduate Gabriel Landeskog, who just won the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year.