Spencer Machacek

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Spencer Machacek
Spencer Machacek 2012-05-05.JPG
Born (1988-10-14) October 14, 1988 (age 25)
Lethbridge, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 182 lb (83 kg; 13 st 0 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Pittsburgh Penguins
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)
Atlanta Thrashers
Winnipeg Jets
NHL Draft 67th overall, 2007
Atlanta Thrashers
Playing career 2008–present

Spencer Machacek (born October 14, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins organization of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Machacek with the Vancouver Giants in 2007

Junior[edit]

Machacek began his major junior career in 2005–06 with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He recorded 45 points in each of his first two seasons, playing an integral part in the Giants' 2006 President's Cup and 2007 Memorial Cup championships.

Ranked 54th among North American skaters by the Central Scouting Service at the mid-season mark of his draft year,[1] Machacek was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 3rd round, 67th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Machacek returned to the WHL and was named team captain of the Giants (replacing the departed Brett Festerling) at the start of the 2007–08 season.[2] Former teammate Milan Lucic had originally been chosen as Fersterling's successor, but made the Boston Bruins roster out of training camp.[3] As team captain, he recorded career highs with 33 goals and 78 points in 70 games and was named Player of the Month for February after going on a 27-point tear in 14 games.[4]

Professional[edit]

At the end of the first round of the 2008 WHL playoffs, he signed his first NHL contract with the Thrashers on March 28, 2008.[5] Reporting to the Thrashers' training camp for the 2008–09 season, he was assigned to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL) on September 27.[6] Late in the season, he was called up by the Thrashers and made his NHL debut on March 16, 2009, in a 5–1 win against the Washington Capitals recording 7 minutes and 21 seconds of playing time. Machacek played two games total for the Thrashers in his professional rookie season while recording 48 points in 77 games in the AHL.

During the inaugural 2011–12 season for the Winnipeg Jets, Machacek scored his first NHL goal on March 23, 2012 against Washington's Michal Neuvirth. He finished the season with the Jets posting a promising 9 points in 13 games.

In the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, whilst with affiliate the St. John's IceCaps, he was traded by the Jets to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Tomas Kubalik on March 10, 2013.[7]

In his first full season with Blue Jackets affiliate, the Springfield Falcons in the 2013–14 season, Machacek was again traded on February 6, 2014, to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Paul Thompson.[8]

Awards[edit]

  • WHL Player of the Week - November 5–11, 2007[9]
  • WHL Player of the Month - February 2008[4]
  • 2010-11 Dan Snyder Man of the Year Award (Chicago Wolves)

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Brooks Bandits AJHL 59 16 20 36 41
2005–06 Vancouver Giants WHL 70 23 22 45 53 18 6 8 14 8
2006–07 Vancouver Giants WHL 63 21 24 45 32 22 9 11 20 14
2007–08 Vancouver Giants WHL 70 33 45 78 69 10 5 2 7 6
2008–09 Chicago Wolves AHL 77 23 25 48 23
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Chicago Wolves AHL 79 20 29 49 68 13 7 4 11 8
2010–11 Chicago Wolves AHL 67 21 32 53 45
2010–11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 10 0 0 0 0
2011–12 St. John's IceCaps AHL 61 18 32 50 48 11 0 7 7 12
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 13 2 7 9 7
2012–13 St. John's IceCaps AHL 57 11 14 25 45
2012–13 Springfield Falcons AHL 18 5 9 14 13 6 0 1 1 0
2013–14 Springfield Falcons AHL 34 9 10 19 24
2013–14 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 22 10 4 14 15 13 1 4 5 18
NHL totals 25 2 7 9 7

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