29-Year-Old Left Wing – Calgary Flames
Michael Frolik Contract Information:
Signed a five-year, $21.5 million contract with the Flames in July 2015.
Frolik failed to register a point and spent 5:16 of his 18:46 of ice time shorthanded during Friday's 6-0 loss to Ottawa.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Following consecutive 42-point campaigns with the Jets, Frolik came to Calgary last season and saw his scoring total drop by 10 thanks in part to 18 games out of the lineup due to a pair of injuries. Somehow, a decade after being drafted No. 10 overall, Frolikís still coasting on his pedigree; itís hard to explain how else he consistently plays top-six minutes. A curious mix of defensively oriented penalty killer and sniper wannabe, the 28-year-old Frolik is best suited to a third-line role on a good team, but heíll again play right wing on the second trio for the Flames this year. Even if he stays healthy, that assignment wonít net him more than about 40 points.
Sometimes what you see is what you get. That seems to be the case for Frolik, who has never delivered more points than he did in his rookie season (45). Mind you, heís since delivered 42 or 43 in three other seasons and 38 in yet another. Consistency is important, both on the ice and in fantasy, especially head-to-head. Heíll enjoy his time in Calgary and will be given a second-line role with second-unit power-play time. Frolik will certainly help the Flames drive possession, and could provide rookie center Sam Bennett with a solid three-zone crutch to grow his game. A new high in points is always possible, particularly in the Flames' high-octane attack. But any building he does on his career stats is likely to be modest, so thereís no sleeper value here.
After getting out of Chicago, Frolikís production has returned to where it was when he first came into the league. He only missed one game last season and put up 15 goals and 27 assists in the process. Heís expected to play on the first line again with Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd, and his value in his own zone should keep him in the lineup every night once again. The low- to mid-20s seems to be where Frolikís goal scoring potential peaks, but he certainly holds a lot more value now than he did with the Blackhawks. He can be had for the right price in most leagues since many fantasy owners will still think of him as a penalty killer rather than a top line producer.
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 21-24ó45 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 thereís still little reason to believe that this speedy 21-year-old canít 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.