Upon claiming Martin Frk off waivers from Detroit earlier this month, ‘Canes GM Ron Francis praised the youngster’s offensive production in the AHL, saying Frk “has been a goal scorer at every level.”
That didn’t translate to the NHL level.
On Monday, the ‘Canes put Frk on waivers after he appeared in just two games for the club, going pointless while averaging just over eight minutes of ice time per. He last dressed in a 4-2 loss to Detroit on Oct. 25.
Taken 49th overall by those same Red Wings at the 2012 draft, Frk has indeed been a good minor league scorer. He had 23 goals in 29 games for ECHL Toldedo two years ago, and 27 in 67 games for the Griffins last season.
Problem is, Frk just hasn’t shown enough to warrant a full-time roster spot. The ‘Canes are expecting d-man Ryan Murphy (lower body) to be healthy and available soon, meaning Frk became the odd man out.
Should he clear, he’ll be back to the AHL — though this time, with Carolina’s affiliate in Charlotte.