Wakiji examines Martin Frk’s 2017-18 season

DetroitRedWings.com’s Dana Wakiji examines Martin Frk’s 2017-18 season this morning:

25 – Frk finished the season with 11 goals and 14 assists. His 25 points tied him for 23rd among rookies. Calgary’s Mark Jankowski, New Jersey’s Blake Coleman, Ottawa’s Thomas Chabot and Los Angeles’ Alex Iafallo also had 25 points.

5 – Five of Frk’s 11 goals came on the power play, which tied him for seventh among rookies. Arizona’s Christian Fischer, Philadelphia’s Nolan Patrick, the New York Islanders’ Ryan Pulock and Mathew Barzal and Colorado’s Tyson Jost and Alexander Kerfoot all had five power-play goals. Only Anthony Mantha with nine and Tomas Tatar with eight had more man-advantage goals for Detroit.

Wakiji continues, and AWood40 posted a clip of Frk’s 9 2017-18 season goals:


Published by

George Malik

My name is George Malik, and I'm the Malik Report's editor/blogger/poster. I have been blogging about the Red Wings since 2006, when MLive hired me to work their SlapShots blog, and I joined Kukla's Korner in 2011 as The Malik Report. I'm starting The Malik Report as a stand-alone site, hoping that having my readers fund the website is indeed the way to go to build a better community and create better content.

7 thoughts on “Wakiji examines Martin Frk’s 2017-18 season”

  1. Frk is going nowhere with this coaching staff. His even strength usage was bizarre, especially compared to Bertuzzi who came in and was cemented on the top line. So clearly they don’t believe Frk can contribute in the top 6. Since they are committed to Blashill then I’d just flip Frk for a pick and move on. He’ll score 20 somewhere else and then people will say “I guess getting traded woke him up” or some other excuse.

    1. Just like Smith or pulkinen or Jurco or ferraro or nestrasil or Frk in Carolina right. They sure showed us!!!!!!

      1. No, but Jarnkrok, Janmark, Nosek sure benefitted from a change of scenery.

        Also worth noting that Nestrasil had a couple of solid years after escaping the Red Wings. Certainly better years than the guys we held into for that 4th line role. For example, we waived Nestrasil in 2014-15. He ended up with 18 points in just 41 games that year. He led Carolina in +/- that season and played a physical role. We held onto Dan Cleary , Drew Miller, and Joakim Anderson. Enough said. The following year Nestrasil put up 23 points in 55 games. He was 2nd on the team in +/- behind Eric Staal. We were again still trotting out Drew Miller (2 points in 28 games before getting injured), Joakim Anderson (3 points in 29 games and afraid to be hit). So Nestrasil came in, at minimum wage, and fulfilled his role quite well. The Detroit Red Wings would have been better off using him in those 2 seasons than the talent we deemed superior. Just because Nestrasil then moved on to Europe and isn’t a star in the NHL today does not mean we made the correct decision. Where he is now is irrelevant. He was the superior player in 2014-15, and 2015-16.

        1. “So Nestrasil came in, at minimum wage, and fulfilled his role quite well.”

          So well Nestrasil’s current NHL team = Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.


          But Biv, Fatty’s got a point,

          “He led Carolina in +/- that season…He was 2nd on the team in +/- behind Eric Staal.” He was +2, +4 then -3 and relgated to the AHL…..oh…..+/- isn’t really much of a stat. [I bet you thought I was going to back track on Carolina not being the Stanley Cup winners that season]

          “Where he is now is irrelevant. He was the superior player in 2014-15, and 2015-16.”

          But wait, what?!?!?!!?!?! Then Hap Emms Memorial Trophy winners do have some validation.

      2. oh man did Nestrasil get the shaft. He had top line scorer written all over him……and Pulky’s defense was……well so good he never pulled it out of his locker.

  2. Sorry George missed it!

    Anyway , never stop shooting! Bobby Smautz , in the old days , had a scary shot but had fans ducking for their lives. Me included.

    Good player with some snarl to go with a wild shot

Comments are closed.