Under The Radar – Michael Frolik
The Winnipeg Jets have solidified a very strong squad for the upcoming 2014-15 season. With Andrew Ladd, Evander Kane, Mark Scheifele, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler for top 6 the Jets have only one question mark. Their last top 6 spot on right wing. Now the question is not a bad thing. Last season the Jets finished off having Dustin Byfuglien playing RW in the top 6, but many suspect he will return to defense for the upcoming season like Brent Burns is for the San Jose Sharks. So the question remains, who will play top 6 RW?
Though Matthieu Perreault is capable of playing that position, I suspect it will be right winger Michael Frolik who joined the Jets last season. That season Frolik scored 15 goals, 42 points with 12 PIM and a +8 in 81 games. Frolik is a solid player with underrated capabilities. Though he will never be a star, he is a very solid player to have for the bottom of the top 6, or the top of the bottom 6. If Perreault does in fact play 2nd line, Frolik is capable of playing center and had moments where he did last year, making him the top candidate for 3rd line center.
The 6-foot-1, 198 pound winger was drafted in the 1st round, 10th overall by the Florida Panthers. Since then he has played two and a half seasons with the Panthers, two and a half with the Blackhawks and one with the Jets. The 26-year-old has already won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks as well as two World Championship Bronze Medals. So far in his NHL career, Frolik has a total of 76 goals, 193 points with 137 PIM in 430 games.
Keep an eye on Michael Frolik this coming season, with the Jets roster really starting to look solid going into the 2014-15 season, Frolik will be a very key factor, even if it’s not realized by most.