It was day two of development camp out in Frisco. Once again, it took a back seat to the news of the day, which was the opening of free agency in the NHL.
Still, I was able to shoot a little video and take part in today’s interview scrum with Radek Faksa, the Stars’ first round pick (13th overall) from the 2012 NHL Draft.
Sometimes everybody gets so excited about all the shiny new draft picks, they tend to forget some of the guys that were last year’s shiny new picks.
Faksa was the center of attention at development camp a year ago as the team’s first round pick. He had a rough 2012-13 season, though. A knee injury knocked him out of action for about six weeks. He had some illness issues as well during the season. He ended up with 31 points (9 goals, 22 assists) in 39 games.
Despite the bumps in the road, he had an eventful year. He played for Czech Republic at the World Juniors and then attended Dallas’ training camp after the lockout ended. After his junior team got knocked out of the playoffs he went to Austin and played a couple of games with the Texas Stars. I suspect he’ll play one more year of junior hockey and then turn pro. He’s a very good prospect.
One thing you notice about Faksa off the ice is that he is a lot more comfortable in interviews. That’s because his English has improved a lot in the past year. Asked about the improvement, he delivered one of the better quotes for the day:
“I guess. I hope so,” Faksa said. “I found a girlfriend from Canada, so it’s helping me.”
With things likely winding down on the trade and signing front for the Stars, I’ll be able to watch a little more of the prospects at the camp. That will start tomorrow and continue through the end of camp on Wednesday.
For now, here’s a short video clip from today. If you are watching the video with a roster in hand, be warned that some players changed numbers today.