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Prospect Pulse: Michael Frolik

Frolik, or Baby Jagr as the Czechs call him, is a 2006 Florida first rounder. A player who exhibits some of the same traits as 68 Senior, Frolik can display all-world talent one night and then do a D.B. Cooper the next night.

A gifted playmaker, Frolik can dominate the game from the blue-line in and make sick plays at full speed. While he does seem to favor the pass, Frolik nevertheless possesses a quick and accurate wrist shot that he will use from anywhere. The former 10th overall pick adjusted to life quickly in the offense first QMJHL and compiled 73 points in only 52 games. Frolik has started slow this year, with no points to show for his first 3 contests.

The 19 year old Czech, who compares himself to Patrick Elias, can play any of the three forward positions. Said to prefer Left Wing, Frolik dropped to 10th overall in his draft year after some scouts expressed concern about some off-ice issues and a drop in production. The Panthers were unconcerned with the production, as he was playing on a bad team with limited offensive help.

Once thought to be a Top 5 Pick, Florida was extremely pleased to have him available at 10th overall. They feel his smart, NHL-style game and lethal shot will make him a fan favorite in South Florida. Though he competed in the Panthers camp this fall, expect Frolik to finish the season in the QMJHL and then get some seasoning in the AHL.