Radek Faksa - Kitchener Rangers
6'2" - 185 LBS
D.O.B. January 9, 1994
There may not be a single player in all the CHL with bigger shoes (or skates) to fill then Radek Faksa.
CHL teams are permitted to have only two import players on their roster and to make room for Faksa, the Rangers opted to drop Gabriel Landeskog, the number 2 overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. It's almost a guarantee that Landeskog will be playing in the NHL in 2011-12, but there is a slim chance, very slim, that he could be returned back to junior and that move would backfire on the Rangers.
But make no mistake, Faksa was a good choice by the Rangers with the 22nd pick. His skating is described as having very good speed, both in acceleration and top speed. He can play the wing or a center. He is solid at both ends of the rink and uses his speed well to get in on the forecheck or on the backcheck.
He battles against bigger players along the boards and will take a hit to make a play. Good playmaker and finisher that will take the puck straight to the net if he sees the opportunity. Faksa is said to have a high hockey IQ and excels at reading plays.
The Czech Republic Native is also on the NHL Central Scouting List of players to watch for the NHL Entry Draft.
Faksa played in 28 games last season with HC Trinec U18 of the Czech U18. He registered 19 goals and 30 assists for 49 points during the regular season. He also played 24 games with the HC Trinec U20 team where he tallied nine goals and six assists for 15 points during the regular season playing with men three years older.
The Rangers are in a rebuilding stage now, but Faksa and his teammates should be fun to watch.