Spencer Abbott
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Spencer Abbott

Hometown:

Hamilton Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1988-04-30

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

Trade with Toronto, 2015

Weight:

170 lbs.

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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. 

2014-15: Abbott spent his third pro season in the AHL — playing 46 games for the Toronto Marlies before being obtained by Chicago from the Maple Leafs in a February trade and finishing the year with Blackhawks’ affiliate Rockford. He scored 7 goals with 17 assists and was -3 with 10 penalty minutes with the Marlies. Obtained by Chicago in exchange for defenseman T.J. Brennan, he was one of the top scorers for the IceHogs down the stretch and in the playoffs. He scored 12 goals with 9 assists in 19 regular season games and had 3 goals with 3 assists in six playoff contests for Rockford. The IceHogs finished second in the Midwest Division and reached the second round in the AHL playoffs. Abbott signed a contract to play for Frolunda in Sweden in 2015-16 in June 2015. 

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 played some of his best hockey for Chicago AHL affiliate Rockford at the end of the 2015-16 season, earning a lucrative contact from Frolunda in Sweden. Now 27, he plays a skill and grit game despite his lack of size and gets the most of his ability. With similar younger players such as Tyler Motte and Anthony Louis coming up through the Chicago pipeline he may not have another opportunity with the Blackhawks. Abbott could do worse than finishing out his career in Europe but would be of interest to organization in need of scoring and willing to give him a chance.

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