Detroit Red Wings: Four Potential Bounce Back Candidates

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 05: Detroit Red Wings forward Frans Nielsen, of Denmark, (51) and Montreal Canadiens forward Logan Shaw (49) face-off at center ice during a regular season NHL hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Detroit Red Wings on April 5, 2018, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - APRIL 05: Detroit Red Wings forward Frans Nielsen, of Denmark, (51) and Montreal Canadiens forward Logan Shaw (49) face-off at center ice during a regular season NHL hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Detroit Red Wings on April 5, 2018, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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The Detroit Red Wings re-signed Martin Frk who was a restricted free agent to a one-year contract worth 1.05 million this summer.

The Detroit Red Wings used Martin Frk’s services sparingly in his rookie season.  Frk essentially considered a “specialty” player in the eyes of the Red Wings coaching staff last season found himself on the ice for power play opportunities and then at the end of the bench often during five on five play.

Martin Frk only played on average of 10:17 minutes per game last season for Detroit.  Often finding himself at the left point or the top of the circle on the power-play with his right-handed stick cocked high in the air anticipating a pass he could one-time in the direction of the net.

I use “direction” loosely.  An accurate shooter is not how to describe Martin Frk.  Often rifling a headhunting one-timer shot well over the net had guys in front ducking for cover.  Frk let that blast go enough to gather the attention of the league though.  Frk with an absolute cannon if he has worked on his accuracy this summer; that bomb has the potential to net a few more goals moving forward in his career.

Martin Frk will have to work extremely hard this camp and pre-season to get another regular opportunity to be in the everyday lineup for the Red Wings.  Playing so little minutes last season won’t work in his favor as he tries to fend off Evgeny Svenchnikov, Michael Rasmussen & Filip Zadina for a final roster spot.

Martin Frk who was sort of the forgotten player in his junior days playing on the wing of Nathan Mackinnon.  The opposite winger on that line was Johnathan Drouin, so its safe to say Martin Frk was overlooked at times.  The top line for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL was highly productive in 12/13.  Frk recorded 84 points in his final junior season, netting 35 goals in 56 games.

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IF; Martin Frk by chance has a tremendous camp and preseason then makes the team, he has potential to be a 15/15 player for 30 points on the fourth line.  Frk with that “howitzer” can score 10 or more on the powerplay alone in a full season.