To say Martin Frk had a rough transition from the QMJHL to the AHL last season would be an understatement.
One month into his first professional season, Martin Frk was sent down to the Toledo Walleye – the Red Wings ECHL affiliate – because of rough start to the season with the Griffins.
He was able to tally thirteen points in fifteen games with the Walleye before being called back up to the AHL, but things did not get easier for the young forward.
Frk put up a grand total of twelve points – three goals – in fifty games with the Grand Rapids Griffins and was a healthy scratch for a few games as well. Matrin Frk played four games in the AHL playoffs, but was not able to get on the board and ended up being replaced in the line-up.
When Martin Frk was with the Halifax Moosehead he played along Jonathan Drouin and Nathan Mackinnon – Mackinnon was named the rookie of the year in the NHL last season – and he might have benefited from playing on the same line as them, as well as against easier competition.
Instead of playing against sixteen to twenty year-old players, Frk was now playing against stronger and more skilled players and he was not ready.
Martin Frk was scheduled to take part in the Detroit Red Wings Development Camp in Traverse City, but after Detroit drafted six forwards there were too many forwards and Frk was given the time off.
The Red Wings view Development Camp as a quick introduction to the Detroit Red Wings and what they expect from the players. which is something Martin Frk would already be aware of because he has been to development camps and training camps before and spent the last season in the Detroit Red Wings system.
With that taken into account, I believe if Frk had gone to Development Camp he could have laid down a strong foundation for Training Camp and his next season in the Red Wings’ system.
The Detroit Red Wings are hoping that Martin Frk can turn the corner this season and with the addition of Anthony Mantha to the professional ranks, there is plenty of competition and if Frk does not turn the corner he could be left behind.