Spencer Abbott
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Spencer Abbott

Hometown:

Hamilton Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-04-30

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

Trade with Toronto, 2015

Weight:

170 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Spencer Abbott skated in 38 of 39 games for the University of Maine as a sophomore. Playiing on Maine’s second line with Robbie Dee (EDM) and David deKastrozza much of the season, he scored 9 goals with 19 assists and was plus-one with 6 penalty minutes. The Black Bears finished fourth in Hockey East and reached the conference championship game, falling 7-6 to eventual national champion Boston College in a wild 7-6 overtime game.

2010-11: Abbott was the second-leading scorer for Maine as a junior with 40 points in 36 games; eleven points behind Red Wings’ prospect Gustav Nyqvist, the Black Bears leading scorer. Once again playing alongside Dee much of the time, he scored 17 goals with 23 assists and was plus-nine with 16 penalty minutes. The Black Bears finished fifth in Hockey East and their season ended in the playoff quarterfinals when they were swept by Merrimack.

2011-12: Abbott made his pro hockey debut, signing an entry level contract with the Maple Leafs in March 2012 and joining their AHL affiliate Marlies following his senior season at Maine. He had 1 assist and was minus-one in three regular season games and appeared in five playoff games with no points nor penalty minutes. Abbott was the Hockey East Player of the Year and a First Team East All-American in his final season with the Black Bears  — scoring 21 goals with 62 assists and finishing plus-14 with 34 penalty minutes in 39 games. The Black Bears finished fourth in Hockey East and earned their first NCAA tournament bid since 2006-07 after reaching the Hockey East championship game for the second time in three seasons.

2012-13: Part of a crowded forwards group for the Toronto Marlies during the NHL lockout, Abbott steadily saw more ice time for the Leafs’ AHL affiliate in his first pro season and was playing right wing on the team’s top line in the playoffs before suffering an injury. He scored 13 goals with 20 assists in 55 regular season games and was +9 with 10 penalty minutes. Toronto finished first in the North Division and reached the second round in the AHL playoffs. Abbott played in 5 of 9 playoff games, scoring 2 goals with 3 assists and was -2 with 2 penalty minutes. Abbott was re-signed by Toronto to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July of 2013.

2013-14: Abbott made the Maple Leafs out of training camp and appeared in one game before being returned to the Marlies and spending his second pro season in the AHL. He had no points or penalties and was -2 in 10 shifts in his only NHL game. Abbott was the second-leading scorer for the Marlies with 17 goals and a team-high 52 assists in 64 regular season games, finishing +10 with 16 penalty minutes. Toronto finished first in the North Division and reached the Western Conference finals — falling to Texas in a seven-game series. Abbott scored 4 goals with 7 assists and was +4 with 2 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. He was re-signed to a one-year, two-way contract by the Leafs in September 2014. 

Talent Analysis

Abbott is a highly-skilled forward with great vision. He is known for his playmaking ability and technical skills but his lack of size and bulk present a challenge at the highest level. He is a huge asset on the powerplay and isn’t afraid of going into the dirty areas.

Future

Abbott was dealt by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for T.J. Brennan.

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