Radek Faksa
Radek Faksa
26-Year-Old CenterC
Dallas Stars
DL
Injury Lower Body
Est. Return 1/27/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 25-year-old turned in another solid campaign as a middle-six forward, scoring 15 goals and 30 points in 81 games while seeing a career high in average ice time. The Stars' top-heavy roster doesn't leave many prime opportunities for a player like Faksa -- his three power-play points last year were also a career high -- but he fits in well as a complementary forward, laying triple-digit hits in each of the last three seasons. He does have the hockey IQ and offensive skill set to blossom if he ever gets a chance, but the offseason additions of Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry will push Faksa firmly into a checking role, so a sudden breakout seems unlikely. Read Past Outlooks
$Faksa re-signed with the Stars on a three-year, $6.6 million contract in July of 2017.
Shifted to IR
CDallas Stars
Lower Body
January 18, 2020
Faksa (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Faksa will not play in Minnesota on Saturday but will be eligible to return for Dallas' next game on Jan. 27 after the All-Star break. However, it's unclear what his current timeline to return looks like. The 26-year-old has nine goals and 16 points in 45 games this season.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:58
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:17
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:42
 
Ice Time
Power Play
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2017–18
0:00
0:00
0:00
2017–18
15:16
0:14
1:59
2018–19
16:26
0:53
1:37
2019–20
15:58
1:17
1:42
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Faksa's second full season in the NHL was, for the most part, a success, as he scored a career-high 17 goals despite getting almost no power-play time while posting an impressive plus-21 rating. The 24-year-old plays a rock-solid two-way game, and his hockey IQ, soft hands and size give him some offensive upside, even if his merely adequate speed keeps him from being a truly dynamic weapon. The Stars would love it if the 13th overall pick in the 2012 draft took another leap forward in his development and was able to anchor a second line that can force opposition defenses to account for it, but even if Faksa doesn't become that sort of player, he should still be an asset as part of an effective and occasional dangerous checking unit.
The 13th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Faksa began to live up to his draft pedigree in 2016-17, playing a full season at the NHL level for the first time and providing 12 goals and 33 points. His lack of foot speed keeps him from profiling as a future top-line center, but otherwise the 23-year-old has a complete skill set, showing impressive hockey IQ, passing skills and effort in his own end of the rink to go along with NHL size and strength. The Martin Hanzal signing will allow Faksa to begin the season on the third line and without heavy expectations, but the youngster could quickly work his way into a role that gives him more offensive upside if he continues the development he showed last season.
Faksa had a busy 2013-14. He started the season with the OHL Kitchener Rangers, but was traded to the Sudbury Wolves midseason. He was then called up later on for a short stint in the AHL, playing in both regular-season and playoff games there. Most importantly, he didn't look out of place there, picking up three points in six regular-season games and four goals in 21 postseason contests. The 20-year-old forward has some developing to do, but the Stars have high hopes for him. He will start the upcoming season with AHL Texas. His impact may not be at hand, but Faksa will be relevant to your fantasy draft within the next couple years.
Faksa was Dallas' first-round pick in 2011, falling several spots before the Stars selected him with the 13th pick. He has good size, drawing comparisons to Jason Arnott, and should be NHL-ready after another year or two in junior/minor hockey.
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Not expected to play
CDallas Stars
Upper Body
January 16, 2020
Per Sean Shapiro of The Athletic, Faksa (lower body) didn't take line rushes during morning skate, indicating he won't be in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Sabres.
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Ruled out Tuesday
CDallas Stars
January 14, 2020
Faksa (upper body) won't play in Tuesday's game versus the Avalanche, Sean Shapiro of The Athletic reports.
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Lights lamp on power play
CDallas Stars
January 3, 2020
Faksa scored a power-play goal on two shots and added four PIM in Friday's 4-1 win over the Red Wings.
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Registers helper Wednesday
CDallas Stars
January 1, 2020
Faksa produced an assist, five hits and two PIM in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Predators.
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Gets back in goal column
CDallas Stars
December 20, 2019
Faksa notched a goal on a team-high five shots and served two PIM in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over the Lightning.
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