Radek Faksa
Radek Faksa
25-Year-Old CenterC
Dallas Stars
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 25-year-old turned in another solid campaign as a middle-six forward, scoring 15 goals and 30 points in 81 games while seeing a career high in average ice time. The Stars' top-heavy roster doesn't leave many prime opportunities for a player like Faksa -- his three power-play points last year were also a career high -- but he fits in well as a complementary forward, laying triple-digit hits in each of the last three seasons. He does have the hockey IQ and offensive skill set to blossom if he ever gets a chance, but the offseason additions of Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry will push Faksa firmly into a checking role, so a sudden breakout seems unlikely. Read Past Outlooks
$Faksa re-signed with the Stars on a three-year, $6.6 million contract in July of 2017.
Opens scoring Monday
CDallas Stars
October 21, 2019
Faksa scored a goal and served up three hits in Monday's 2-1 win over the Senators.
Faksa scored late in the first period to get the Stars on the board. It's his second goal and third point in 11 games this year, to go with 17 hits and 20 shots on goal. The center continues to skate in a bottom-six role. Faksa has reached 30 points in each of the last three campaigns, so he could be due to pick up the pace as the season goes on.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Faksa's second full season in the NHL was, for the most part, a success, as he scored a career-high 17 goals despite getting almost no power-play time while posting an impressive plus-21 rating. The 24-year-old plays a rock-solid two-way game, and his hockey IQ, soft hands and size give him some offensive upside, even if his merely adequate speed keeps him from being a truly dynamic weapon. The Stars would love it if the 13th overall pick in the 2012 draft took another leap forward in his development and was able to anchor a second line that can force opposition defenses to account for it, but even if Faksa doesn't become that sort of player, he should still be an asset as part of an effective and occasional dangerous checking unit.
The 13th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Faksa began to live up to his draft pedigree in 2016-17, playing a full season at the NHL level for the first time and providing 12 goals and 33 points. His lack of foot speed keeps him from profiling as a future top-line center, but otherwise the 23-year-old has a complete skill set, showing impressive hockey IQ, passing skills and effort in his own end of the rink to go along with NHL size and strength. The Martin Hanzal signing will allow Faksa to begin the season on the third line and without heavy expectations, but the youngster could quickly work his way into a role that gives him more offensive upside if he continues the development he showed last season.
Faksa had a busy 2013-14. He started the season with the OHL Kitchener Rangers, but was traded to the Sudbury Wolves midseason. He was then called up later on for a short stint in the AHL, playing in both regular-season and playoff games there. Most importantly, he didn't look out of place there, picking up three points in six regular-season games and four goals in 21 postseason contests. The 20-year-old forward has some developing to do, but the Stars have high hopes for him. He will start the upcoming season with AHL Texas. His impact may not be at hand, but Faksa will be relevant to your fantasy draft within the next couple years.
Faksa was Dallas' first-round pick in 2011, falling several spots before the Stars selected him with the 13th pick. He has good size, drawing comparisons to Jason Arnott, and should be NHL-ready after another year or two in junior/minor hockey.
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October 12, 2019
Faksa scored a goal on two shots in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Capitals.
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October 10, 2019
Faksa registered an assist, three shots on goal and three hits in Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Flames.
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Headed to World Championship
CDallas Stars
May 10, 2019
Faksa will join Team Czech Republic in Slovakia for the IIHF World Championship, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
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Dishes helper
CDallas Stars
April 22, 2019
Faksa supplied an assist, four hits and two shots in Monday's 2-1 overtime win against the Predators in Game 6.
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Banks assist
CDallas Stars
March 30, 2019
Faksa posted an assist and two PIM in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Canucks.
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