NHL Trade Deadline: Florida Panthers Trade Michael Frolik for Jack Skille

February 10th, 2011 by Scott Weldon Leave a reply »
The old Florida Panthers held on to their draft choices as if they were all precious diamonds, no matter what their play might indicate. Dale Tallon has shown a willingness to part with those picks. He dealt the best young Florida Panther, forward Nathan Horton, and another aging prospect, Greg Campbell, to the Bruins for defenseman Dennis Wideman and a third round pick.

Now Tallon has traded a pair of Czechs, winger Michael Frolik and goalie Alexander Salak, for Chicago youngster Jack Skille, and prospects Hugh Jessiman and David Pacan.

Michael Frolik was Florida's first round (10th overall) pick in 2006. The Czech left winger spent two years in the Quebec Major Junior hockey league as an offensive star. At the age of 20 he jumped to the NHL and became a 20-goal scorer as a rookie. A good skater and playmaker, Frolik has a great deal of one-on-one skill. He is also obviously capable of scoring as he had 21 goals in his second season in the NHL as well.

This year, at 22, he has eight goals and 29 points in 52 games. These numbers are comparable to his previous seasons. His skills are likely to flourish in Chicago where he should be a top-six forward ...

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