Radek Faksa
Radek Faksa
27-Year-Old CenterC
Dallas Stars
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Faksa's role as a shutdown center for the Stars is well-defined, and he's embraced it to strong results. His offense took a hit last year with just 20 points in 66 games, but he'll continue to have a large role on the ice due to his defensive prowess alone. The Czech center has also scored at least 10 goals in each of the last four seasons. Fantasy managers in deeper formats can expect consistency from the 26-year-old, and he'll usually contribute 100-plus hits a year as a bonus. With Tyler Seguin expected to be sidelined to start 2020-21, Faksa may be given more ice time, possibly in a second-line role. As such, expect Faksa to return to a 30-point pace. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $16.25 million contract with the Stars in October of 2020.
Ends eight-game point drought
CDallas Stars
April 22, 2021
Faksa scored a power-play goal on four shots and went minus-3 in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Red Wings.
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Faksa got the Stars on the board with his second-period tally, snapping an eight-game point drought. The 27-year-old forward has six goals, seven assists, 83 shots on net, 86 hits and a minus-7 rating in 45 contests as a defensive forward. Faksa brings some grit and all-situations usage, but he's not a big enough scoring threat to roster in most fantasy formats.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:28
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:36
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:02
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
16:26
0:53
1:37
2019–20
15:53
1:28
1:27
2020–21
17:28
1:36
2:02
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Scores goal in return
CDallas Stars
April 6, 2021
Faksa (upper body) scored a goal on four shots in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Blackhawks.
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Back in action
CDallas Stars
April 6, 2021
Faksa (upper body) will play in Tuesday's game versus the Blackhawks, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Unavailable Sunday
CDallas Stars
Upper Body
April 4, 2021
Faksa (upper body) won't play Sunday against the Hurricanes, Mike Heika of the Stars' official site reports.
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Generates assist
CDallas Stars
March 27, 2021
Faksa posted an assist, two shots on goal, a pair of hits and two PIM in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Panthers.
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Suiting up Tuesday
CDallas Stars
March 23, 2021
Faksa (lower body) will return to the lineup Tuesday versus the Lightning, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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