Now that his junior season is done, Radek Faksa is on his way to the pros.
Faksa, who just wrapped his OHL season with Sudbury, has been assigned to Dallas’ AHL affiliate in Texas, the club announced on Wednesday. The 20-year-old split this last season between Sudbury and Kitchener, scoring 48 points in 59 games and will head to Texas for the second time in his career, having made a brief two-game cameo for the club during the 2012-13 campaign.
Faksa, originally from the Czech Republic, is a big-bodied center — 6-foot-3, 210 pounds — that was taken ahead of fellow forwards Zemgus Girgensons, Tom Wilson, Tomas Hertl and Teuvo Teravainen at the ’12 draft. His selection represented something of a theme for the Stars as, a year later, they took another big-bodied European forward in Valeri Nichushkin, who currently sits 10th among rookie scorers in the NHL this season with 32 points.
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Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.
“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”
“We got outcompeted in the second period, badly,” Mark Letestu told the team’s website. “Whether it was little puck battles or even just executing on systems. It played right into their game. When you get behind a team like this that’s so dominant in the circle it’s tough to generate chances to come back. We didn’t deserve to win this one at all.”
As if things weren’t bad enough, the Oilers also lost Nail Yakupovto injury after a linesman (yes, a linesman) fell on top of him.
After the game, head coach Todd McLellan didn’t hold back:
"That's a really disappointing effort from our hockey club… We weren't a very determined team." McLellan on the #Oilers defeat