This year’s draft gave us a great bunch of new prospects, including our first round pick, Radek Faksa. Thanks to some truly random picks, Faksa magically fell into our laps.
If you’ll recall, Faksa was on the wishlist of several Stars fans and pundits, but he was slated to go as high as 6 or 7 and was ultimately deemed a bit of a reach. However, the top 10 was dominated by defensemen, so the Stars had a fantastic crop to pick from: Faksa, Teuvo Teravainen, Zemgus Girgensons (my Fighting Saints bb), and Grigorenko. It was pretty fantastic to be able to draft Faksa.
He has a fantastic story behind his career, and it’s one of those feel-good stories that show what hockey’s all about. A native of the Czech Republic, Faksa lived in hotels, starting at age 11, just so that he could pursue his dream. He left his family and lived alone, receiving two meals a day to play. Obviously, Faksa has an insane amount of character, which I always welcome on my team. Bonus: he’s cute. And I’ve decided his nickname is Foxy.
Here’s what Stars scout Jimmy Johnston had to say about Faksa as a player:
He’s got good size; he’s a smart kid on both sides of the puck. He’s good in the defensive zone, he’s good offensively. He can create offense and he can understand the other side of the game, too. He’s just a real good two-way player.
It’s no secret that the Stars are depleted at center, so this acquisition is a big step for the future.
Radek Faksa is the highlight of this year’s draft for the Stars. However, we had an incredible nine picks overall that evened out to…
- Four centers
- Three defensemen
- One goaltender
- One right wing