“I spent a lot of time in the gym,” said Frk, who is striving to improve his core strength and foot speed. My legs don’t always go like they’re supposed to go. I have to be ready for the season.” His defensive play is likely to be a work-inprogress. “With the Mooseheads, we didn’t have to worry too much about defense – it was all offense,” he said. “Now I might be on the third line in Grand Rapids, so I will have to learn to play defense more. That’s my job now.” Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill is confident that Frk is up to the challenge, but concedes it might take time. “He’s very competitive,” Blashill said. “He wants to be a good player and with that, he’s hard on himself. He will have to learn to work through the frustration that it’s harder to have success in pro than in junior hockey.” Blashill believes the AHL will be a good test for Frk. “He came from a line that had three great players and every night they had the puck all the time. Now he’s going to have to learn how to create the same offense, but in tighter areas and against tighter checking, and that will be a
process,” Blashill said. “For Frk to improve, he’s going to have to stay with it.” Like every AHL rookie, Frk will learn the value of forechecking and backchecking – in essence, the importance of playing both ends of ice. “Everybody needs to learn to be a little bit better defensively as they move up every level, and he’s no different,” Blashill said. “He’s highly competitive with lots of ability, and I think he’s going to be a very good player in the end. How fast his adjustment will be, we’ll see.” Frk hopes to be a quick study. “Everyone knows the Red Wings have the best organization. They know what they’re doing with their young guys when they send them to Grand Rapids and let them play a couple of years here,” he said. “I’m happy to be here. If the coach tells me to do something, I’ll do it. You have to learn as fast as you can.”
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Grand Rapids GRIFFINS • 2013 Calder Cup Champions
The official magazine of the Grand Rapids Griffins