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- Acquired: Drafted in the 5th Round of the 2010 Draft
- Position: Forward
- Hometown: Marquette, MI
- Vitals: 6'4" / 201 lbs
- Curent Team: Providence Bruins
Florek was drafted in the 5th round back in 2010 after scoring 35 points in 41 games as a sophomore at Northern Michigan University (slogan: "The coldest directional Michigan!"). After getting drafted, he served as Alternate Captain his junior year (28 points in 39 games) and then Captain in his Senior year (36 points in 37 games). After graduation, he joined the Providence Bruins, where he continued to score at an okay rate.
You may remember him from the playoffs, when he scored a goal against Detroit in game 2:
That's all well and good, but as I was looking up info on young Justin, I found something...unspeakably horrible:
Q: If you could hang out with any celebrity, who would it be?
A: Bill Dance or Charlie Moore, I love fishing — it would be awesome to fish with those guys. Hopefully I could teach them a thing or two. As soon as I got drafted, (being on Charlie Moore’s show) was one of my goals.
This was from the August 2014 New England Hockey Journal. Pick up a copy today!
Let's see what Kirk Luedeke has to say about the kid:
Justin Florek,LW PRO (AHL) 6-4, 205; rd 5, 135- 2010 Up: Size/strength; bomb of a shot that he unleashes to good effect from wing; character— Kirk Luedeke (@kluedeke29) September 7, 2014
Down: Initial 1st steps sluggish, but skating has improved significantly from when 1st drafted; offensive upside a ?— Kirk Luedeke (@kluedeke29) September 7, 2014
Projection: Higher-end 4th-line LW with a chance to develop into solid 3rd liner; leader & character guy who shows real promise w/ BOS— Kirk Luedeke (@kluedeke29) September 7, 2014
Now I see why Servo rated him so low.
Justin Florek was signed to a two-way deal this summer, so he may or may not be in Boston. He's a cheap winger, and the Bruins are cap crunched, and if Reilly Smith doesn't sign whatever Chiarelli is lowballing him with, we could easily see Florek with a B on his chest. He scored a playoff goal, don't you know. He could easily end up being a 13th forward, or even a sometimes callup. He's not very far down the depth chart, and there's a winger spot open on the 4th line. Personally I'd rather a more talented player take his spot, but I can think of worse players to occupy 10 minutes a night. Then again, as Nolan Cardwell pointed out in his post The 10 Minute Conundrum, there are certainly better players.
Social Media Minute
Newest @NHLBruins fan. Making her debut at home today! #Lilian #LilFlo @kylie_flo pic.twitter.com/JDx3lfzVTX— Justin Florek (@justFLOrek) February 20, 2014
So, what do y'all think?