By Rhys Richards (@RREsq)
In this weekend’s 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Detroit Red Wings waited until the 49th overall pick in the second round to make the team’s first selection. The extended wait was due to the team trading its first round pick to acquire defenseman Kyle Quincey at the Trade Deadline, but time could prove that the wait was worth it.
With the 49th overall selection, the Red Wings took Martin Frk (pronounced Ferk). Ever lauded for the organization’s ability to judge young prospects, Detroit may have once again found a diamond in the rough that could have been worthy of a first round selection.
Frk is an 18-year-old right winger from the Czech Republic, though he played each of the last two seasons with Halifax in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Frk would likely have been drafted in the first round but for a concussion that sidelined him for much of this past season.
Detroit’s director of player development, former Red Wings defenseman and fellow Czech Jiri F...