Thursday, February 4, 2016

Radek Faksa Named Lone Star Grille/100 Degree Hockey Player of the Week

Radek Faksa (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
Each week, we name the Lone Star Grille/100 Degree Hockey Player of the Week. Lone Star Grille offers happy hour weekdays from 4-7 PM just minutes from the Cedar Park Center. The new Higher Ground Bar at the Grille is a smoke-free bar open 6 PM to 2 AM Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Redeem your game ticket for reverse happy hour from 10-12 PM with $2 off specialty cocktails, $4.00 house wine and $2.50 domestic longnecks.

Radek Faksa has been on fire since returning from a brief stint in Dallas. The past week was no exception.

In fact, the young Czech had the best month of his career in a Texas Stars uniform and he only played in half the games in January. After spending the start of the month in the NHL, Faksa hit the ground running with a two point effort in his first game back on the 15th. From there, he compiled six goals and seven assists, including three game-winners. His plus/minus sits at plus-12.

Last week specifically, he had two goals and two assists in two games.

Faksa's current situation shows the growth and maturity of the Dallas farm system. The fact that the Stars can afford to put a player like Faksa in the minors shows that there is far more depth than several years ago. Could you imagine a first-round pick of Faksa's current calibre sitting in the minors back in 2012-13?

Granted this piece is about Faksa, but Curtis McKenzie and Brett Ritchie's time in the AHL this season tells the same story. That would have been your fourth line in the Glen Gulutzan years.

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