Faksa will participate in the 2018 IIHF World Championships for Team Czech Republic. The 24-year-old potted a career-high 17 goals and added 16 helpers in 2017-18, while establishing his two-way game with a plus-21 rating. Faksa represented the Czech Republic in the 2016 World Championships, but he was held pointless in three games. With back-to-back 33-point seasons under his belt since then, there's no reason to think he can't get over the hump and make some noise this year.
Faksa set a career high in goals (17) while tying his career high in points (33) in 2017-18. The 24-year-old pivot is still growing as a scorer, but he's already a fantastic two-way player, as evidenced by the impressive plus-21 rating he posted this season. Faksa may never develop into a 50-point scorer, but he should continue to produce enough offense to remain a solid bench option in most season-long fantasy formats.
Faksa changed the angle on a Greg Pateryn slap shot for his 14th goal of the season Wednesday. Still, the Stars lost to the Maple Leafs in overtime, 6-5. We haven't heard much praise for Faksa in fantasy circles this season, but that shouldn't be the case. He's quietly amassed 14 goals and 15 assists to complement a plus-22 rating through 68 games, plus he's been an integral part of a Dallas penalty kill that ranks ninth in the league at 82.4 percent. Faksa should hit 200 career games by the time the season's over; he's progressing at a steady clip, so consider eyeing him in the late rounds of fantasy drafts in the fall.
Faksa (foot) will return to the lineup for Friday's game against the Penguins. Faksa has missed the Stars' last two games due to a foot injury, but he was a full participant in Thursday's practice, which was the first indication he'd likely be ready to rock against Pittsburgh. The 2012 first-round pick, who's notched 12 goals and 27 points in 64 contests this campaign, will return to a top-six role Friday, centering Jamie Benn and Tyler Pitlick on the second line.
Faksa (foot) will be reevaluated following Friday's morning skate to determine his availability against the Ducks, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports. Faksa took part in practice Thursday, which likely means the team wants to see how his foot responds before making a final determination. The center will likely slot into a top-six role once cleared to return and will be looking to end a 17-game goal drought. If Faksa is unable to give it a go, Gemi Smith figures to replace him in the lineup.
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