2015 Winnipeg Jets draft pick Michael Spacek
has committed to the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League for the upcoming season.
Spacek, 18, spent the 2014-15 campaign with Dynamo Pardubice of the Czech League, recording five goals, 12 points, 12 penalty minutes in a -11 rating in 40 games. The 5-foot-11, 187-pound winger was the youngest player in Pardubice. At 17 years, he was less than half the age of the club's
leading scorer, longtime NHL vet Petr Sykora.
Spacek was taken by the Rebels with the 47th pick in the 2015 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.
"He’s a very gifted, very skilled player," Rebels Head Coach and General Manager Brent Sutter told Troy Gillard of BIG 105.5FM in Red Deer. "Players like that are special players in certain ways. They’ve got great skill, they’ve got great hands, they read the ice well and are very smart.
We’ve had a lot of different NHL scouts and GMs tell us that he’s a jewel."
Spacek joins fellow Jets prospect, defenceman Nelson Nogier
, in Red Deer – host of the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup.
Spacek was drafted by the Jets in the fourth round, 108th overall this past June. He is currently representing the Czech Republic at the World Junior Showcase in Calgary, and will be at
Rebels training camp later this month.
-- Ryan Dittrick, WinnipegJets.com