Michael Spacek
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Michael Spacek

Hometown:

Marianske Lazne Czech Republic

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-04-09

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2015

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

4th round (108th overall), 2015

Weight:

187 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Michael Spacek played for the HC Pardubice U18 and U16 teams in the Czech Republic as a 14-year-old. He scored 4 goals with 1 assist and was -2 with 6 penalty minutes in seven games for the Pardubice U18 team. Spacek scored 27 gaosl with 18 assists in 29 regular season games for the Pardubice U16 team and was +17 with 26 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Spacek led the HC Pardubice U18 team in scoring and played for the Czech Republic U16 team. He scored 28 goals with 22 assists and was +14 with 69 penalty minutes in 39 regular season games. Pardubice finished fourth in the B Division, securing the final playoff spot. Spacek had no points with 2 penalty minutes in two playoff games. He scored 8 goals with 8 assists and was +9 with 8 penalty minutes in nine games with the HC Pardubice U16 team. In 16 international games with the Czech U16 team he scored 8 goals with 10 assists and was +5 with 16 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Spacek made his debut in the Czech Extraliga — skating in four games for HC Dynamo Pardubice — and was the third-leading scorer for the HC Pardubice U20 team. He skated for the Czech Republic U18 team in the 2014 World Juniors. He had no points nor penalties in limited ice time for Dynamo Pardubice. Spacek scored 15 goals with 13 assists in 31 games for HC Pardubice and was +3 with 56 penalty minutes. HC Pardubice missed the playoffs, winning just 8 of 32 games in regulation. Spacek played six games for the Pardubice U18 team, scoring 4 goals with 5 assists with a +2 plus/minus and 8 penalty minutes. He scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes in seven games at the 2014 WJC. The Czech Republic captured a silver medal, falling 5-2 to the USA in the gold medal game.

2014-15: Spacek skated in 40 regular season games and four playoff contests for HC Dynamo Pardubice as an Extraliga rookie and played for the Czech Republic at the U20 and U18 World Juniors. He scored 5 goals with 7 assists and was -11 with 12 penalty minutes in the regular season for Dynamo. Pardubice finished ninth, defeating Vitkovice in a preliminary round series before falling to Litvinov in the quarterfinals. Spacek was -1 with no points nor penalties in four playoff games. He scored 2 goals with 5 assists and had 38 penalty minutes in five games for the HC Pardubice U20 team and played for the club’s U18 team in their playoffs, scoring 3 goals with 3 assists in four games. Spacek had 1 assist and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes in five games for the Czech Republic at the U20 WJC. The Czechs finished sixth, falling to Slovakia, 3-0, in the quarterfinals. Spacek scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +3 with no penalties in five games for the Czech U18 team at the 2015 WJC. The Czech Republic was sixth in the tournament, losing 7-2 to the USA in the quarterfinals. Spacek was ranked fifth amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Winnipeg in the fourth round (108th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Spacek is a mid-sized, right-shooting forward who plays an extremely intelligent game that is based on sound positioning, strong on-ice vision, a good read for the game, and an ability to manage the puck very well, rarely making plays that lead to turnovers. Despite the general lack of size, it’s very difficult to separate him from the puck and he knows just when to twist and turn his way out of trouble. A character player, Spacek tends to be someone a coach places a good bit of trust in and although his offense moving forward does seem to be a question mark, this is not because he doesn’t have extremely qualified hands and an ability to both shoot and pass at the right time. His entire game needs further maturity, but he is very sound at playing the game any way it comes and is used to being effective, though not excelling, against men in pro play. Spacek is an important part of the Czech junior program and seen in the Czech Republic as a top talent who reminds some of Tomas Plekanec.

Future

Spacek was drafted 47th overall in the 2015 CHL Import Draft and will play for the Red Deer Rebels in the 2015-16 season.

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