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Prospect Breakdown: Radek Faksa

The NHL Draft is fast approaching and the Buffalo Sabres have a plethora of picks, including two in the first round. A player that the Sabres could very well be targeting is Kitchener Ranger center Radek Faksa.
 
Born in Opava, Czech Republic, Faksa came over to the Rangers by way of the 2011 CHL Import Draft and had an immediate impact with the Rangers. So much so that head coach Steve Spott considers Faksa another Gabriel Landeskog. That’s high praise for a guy who’s only been in the league for one season.
 
In 62 games this past season, Faksa scored 29 times and added 38 assists for 67 points. He was named OHL rookie of the month twice, in November 2011 and January 2012. He was even named the Kitchener rookie of the year by his coaches.
 
It was a season that put him in discussion as a potential top 10 pick at this year’s draft.
 
At 6’3″, 203 lbs, Faksa is that big-bodied center that the Sabres need. What’s even better is that he is only 18 year old, and will continue to fill out and get stronger.
 
Faksa combines his speed and skill to be a constant threat no matter the situation. He is a very strong skater and has excellent puck protection skills that he uses to drive the net. He has all the tools to become an elite power forward in the NHL. There were many times this season that he would be hit while driving the front of the net and somehow not lose the puck when most players in his position would cough it up easily. It makes him a difficult player to match-up against.
 
Faksa has a win at all costs attitude which is hard to find in a lot of young players. Faksa has a hard AND accurate shot which makes him deadly on offesne. His best asset remains his overall balanced game. He may not amaze at one particular skill, but he is above-average at a number of skills.
 
When watching him play, the player that comes to mind is Ryan Getzlaf. If Faksa can become that type of player then whichever team selects him will be very happy.
 
With only one year of OHL play under his belt and the fact that he is only 18, Faksa still has some maturing to do and will likely stay in the OHL for at least one more season, if not two.
 
With that said, Faksa has already proved that he will be a player to be reckoned with when he does get to the NHL level.

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