27-Year-Old Left Wing – Free Agent
Michael Frolik Contract Information:
Became an unrestricted free agent in July 2015.
Frolik tallied the game-winning goal in Saturday's season finale against the Flames.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
This PK ace was a solid pickup by the Jets brass. Frolik is yet another member of the Blackhawks Foreign Legion to find himself a home in Winnipeg. Frolik potentially brings much needed secondary scoring to the Jets. In Chicago, he often deferred to others but in Winnipeg he will be encouraged to take more chances offensively and, if he does, the points will come. Frolik will certainly make an impact by improving Winnipeg's penalty killing unit (ranked 24th) and, with increased playing time and responsibility, he'll become a valuable top-six forward. If everything falls into place: UPSIDE: 50 points.
The Blackhawks were expecting a whole lot more from Frolik when they traded for him two years ago. But after notching only five goals and 10 assists in 63 games, he's likely on the trade block. That's actually perfect for the highly-talented winger -- he desperately needs power-play time to show off his skills and he can't get that in Chicago. Draft him in the later rounds and then pray for a deal -- you could just end up with a gem that way.
Frolik played so well down the stretch after being acquired by the Panthers last year that the Blackhawks rewarded him with a three-year contract this past July. The 23-year-old tallied two goals and three assists in seven games with the Hawks in the playoffs. Frolik should get a lot of ice time this year in coach Quenneville's aggressive system, as he is one of the more physical players on the team.
The Panthers have an extremely talented forward in their system with Frolik. Though he wasn't exactly consistent on a week-to-week basis last season, Frolik gets a free pass given that he's been in the league for just two years. His shot totals soared from 158 to 219 between his rookie and sophomore seasons, and with a little more consistency, the 22-year-old could find himself in the company of 50-point skaters.
Frolik burst onto the NHL season without any pro seasoning, eventually finishing sixth in rookie scoring with 21-24—45 in 79 games. The Panthers gave him primarily a secondary role on the power play, a scenario that could continue into this season with the top grouping more-or-less intact. But there’s still little reason to believe that this speedy 21-year-old can’t build on a very successful debut.
The adjustment to the North American game in the QMJHL has gone well (to the tune of 138 points over two seasons), but can he stay healthy for an entire season? He's already signed a professional contract, but seems like a good candidate to spend much of the season in AHL Rochester to get used to the pro game.
Frolik has tons of talent and has a tremendously high ceiling, but there are some concerns that he will never live up to his full potential. After spending the last two seasons playing for Kladno is his native Czech Republic, Frolik played last season for Rimouski in the QMJHL, scoring 31 goals and racking up 73 points in 52 games. Considering Florida doesn't have many big offensive weapons, the very talented Frolik should be given a chance to win a spot on this year's team. If Frolik ever realizes his full potential, he could become a major offensive force in the NHL.
Frolik's slip down the draft chart in June figures to be the Panthers' gain. He will make the jump from the Czech Republic to North America this season by playing Canadian juniors with Rimouski.
Once a sure-fire top-three pick for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Frolik's stock dropped like a stone following a sub-par 2005-06. Still, he's an exceptional talent -- perhaps the best of this year's draft -- who may simply need a little more focus to fulfil his immense potential. He's a finesse player with exceptional acceleration, speed and good balance to go along with quick hands, great vision and a keen hockey sense. He's a draft day steal if he falls below pick 10.