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Top 25 Under 25: #21 Michael Spacek

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Probably the player that could jump the most in next year’s rankings if he performs well this year.

NHL: Preseason-Winnipeg Jets at Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers defensemen Oscar Klefbom (77) and Winnipeg Jets forward Michael Spacek (80) look for a loose puck during the second period at Rogers Place.
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Top 25 Under 25 -
#21 - Michael Spacek
5’11” 187 lbs - Centre/Right Wing - Shoots Right
AHL 2017-2018 Season: 70 GP - 17G - 21A - 38PTS - 24PIM
AHL Career Stats: 74 GP - 17G - 22A - 39PTS - 32PIM

I will acknowledge that there are those out there that rate Michael Spacek much higher than I do in the Winnipeg Jets prospect hierarchy.

Originally drafted by the Jets after a pair of seasons with Pardubice HC of the Czech League, Spacek had a pair of successful seasons with the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL before making the jump to the pro game with the Manitoba Moose.

After a four game cameo with the squad in 2016-17, Spacek played in 70 games last season, putting up 17 goals and 21 assists, plus another three points in six playoff games. It was a good first year as a pro, and gives promise to an even better year this year.

Spacek, 21, appeared in the Young Stars “tournament” between the Jets and Vancouver Canucks in Penticton in early September. He was one of the Jets’ few bright spots in the tournament, picking up an assist off of a tipped shot, and this nice goal.

Spacek appeared in only one pre-season game for the Jets this fall, going five-for-nine at the face-off dot, while picking up a pair of holding penalties. He is currently still up with the big club, but that is due to an injury he has suffered during camp. He is expected to once again start the season with the Manitoba Moose.