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Michael Frolik
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Michael Frolik  #67

Winnipeg Jets  Right Wing
NUMBER: 67 BIRTHDATE: February 17, 1988  (AGE 26)
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Kladno, Czech Republic
WEIGHT: 198 DRAFTED: FLA / 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (10th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">YoungStar Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Nicknamed &quot;Baby Jagr&quot; when he was starring in junior hockey in Kladno, Czech Republic, Michael Frolik wasn't handed a roster spot and asked to do amazing things as a rookie -- the way fellow Kladno native Jaromir Jagr was when he broke in with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990. Rather, the Florida Panthers asked the 20-year-old they chose with the 10th overall pick in the 2006 Entry Draft to prove that he deserved a spot in their lineup. Frolik did just that and more -- earning periodic promotion to the Panthers' top line, while scoring eight goals with nine assists through the first half of the season. <br /> <br /> A precocious player who rises to the challenge of competing against older, stronger players, Frolik was the only 1988-born player at the 2005 World Junior Championships. Upon moving to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2006-07 to better acclimate his game to North American hockey, Frolik scored 55 goals with 83 assists over two seasons and was named to the 2007 QMHL All-Rookie Team. <br /> <br /> He considers Chicago winger Martin Havlat his main role model but had a thrill during the 2004-05 season when Jagr asked that the two play on the same line for Kladno of the Czech Elite League. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On playing with Jagr: &quot;It was great, Jagr supported me. He tried teaching me some little things like how to keep the puck and how to improve my skating.&quot; <br /> <br /> On being switched from the wing to center early this season: &quot;I'll play wherever they want me to. I'll try anything. I've been here two months ... Of course, it's different, but I'm a young kid and I have to be happy with any position.&quot; <br /> <br /> On making his NHL debut on Oct. 11, 2008, vs. Atlanta: &quot;It was my dream to play in the NHL, and it happened. It was very exciting, it was perfect. We won the game, and that is the best thing that could happen.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Florida Head Coach Peter DeBoer: '&quot;He's been good for a long time. I'm a believer. He's gotten better and better. And the thing I like about him is we didn't hand him anything. He came in as the 13th forward and wasn't handed a job. He just worked and worked. It's nice to see.&quot; <br /> <br /> DeBoer on moving Frolik from the wing to center: &quot;You could stick him in as a defenseman and he'd find a way to contribute.&quot; <br /> <br /> Panthers center Stephen Weiss on Frolik's development: &quot;He's been getting better every single day, and that's the honest-to-God truth. He's not shy to go into the corners now and bump some guys and he's winning battles. He's fun to watch. He's going to be a really, really dynamic player in this league. ... I love playing with him.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/columnists/sfl-flspskolnick15sbjan15,0,6485066.column" target="_blank">Rookie Panther's career looks ready to take off</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=403736&amp;cmpid=rss" target="_blank">Baby 'Jagr' Frolik</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://panthers.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=25564">GrowlTV: My Hometown</a><br /> <a href="http://panthers.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=18677">GrowlTV: Signed, Sealed, Delivered</a><br /> <br />
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